>> Iraqi forces pushing through the country, last week declaring the liberation of Rutba from Islamic State. Now, they're setting their sights on one of the jihadist remaining strongholds.>>
> Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, announcing the start of a mission to retake Fallujah. The moment of great victory has drawn near, he says, and Daesh has no choice but to flee.
Fallujah has long been a bastion of Sunni extremists. It was the first city to fall to militants in early 2014. Military police and volunteer fighters surround the city, and will likely be backed by coalition airstrikes. The military has warned residents to flee to nearby camps before the fighting begins.
tween 60 and 90,000 civilians are estimated to live there. IS has been stopping residents from leaving for months. Iraq hopes the city's liberation will restore normality to Anbar province, but Islamic State still controls large sways of territory and major cities such as Mosul. Authorities have pledged to retake that city this year, though some officials question whether the army will be ready in time.