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In Iraq, government forces have faced tough resistance from the Islamic State group as they attempted to enter the centre of Fallujah city. Abdelwahab al-Saadi says Islamic State fighters mounted a fierce counter-attack.

In Iraq, government forces have faced tough resistance from the Islamic State group as they attempted to enter the centre of Fallujah city. 

According to the overall commander of the Fallujah operation Lieutenant General Abdelwahab al-Saadi, IS fighters mounted a fierce counter-attack as government troops push into the city of Falluja.

He said government forces were eventually able to repel the attack and killed seventy-five militants in the area.

Media reports say aid workers are increasingly concerned for the safety of fifty thousand civilians said to be trapped in Falluja.

Meanwhile, the United Nations has warned of peril for civilians trapped in the city and used by militants as human shields.


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