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Iraqi troops launch direct attack on I.S. in Falluja

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>> The final assault on Fallujah. Iraqi forces storming the Islamic State stronghold on Monday, reportedly seizing a police station, at the city's southern edge.
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e government launched the offensive to retake the city after a spate of suicide attacks in nearby Baghdad.
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me 50,000 civilians are thought to be trapped in the city, with fears they could be used as human shields.>>
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> Fallujah has long been a bastion of Sunni extremists. The first Iraqi city to fall to the militants in early 2014.
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On Monday, alone, three bombings killed more than 20 people in the capital.
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e Fallujah onslaught comes at the same time as operations near Mosul, Islamic State's other base and defacto capital in Iraq. U.S. led coalition forces hoping to push the jihadists out of nearby villages as part of a strategy to encircle the city before launching a direct attack there.
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aq hopeful that will be the final fatal blow to Islamic State.