aqi forces battle to retake Fallujah from Islamic states. The grounder soldiers helped along by US airstrikes. The Islamic state commander in Fallujah is reported dead, along with 70 other militants. The US Army reported the killing, saying, the fighting won't stop, but it's a blow.
llujah was the first city captured by Islamic State in Iraq.
As people there flee, tales of life in the bastion emerge. There are reports of people starving to death from a lack of food.>>
> We've been trapped for three years. We ate rotten dates and the militants moved us from one area to another. We drank hot water and ate rotten food, and we were content and we thanked God.
We only want an end to our plight. Do you believe that the price of a sack of flour reached $1,000? And a hand full of rice was $40 and hard to find.>> The UN said, Friday, a further 50,000 civilians were being prevented from leaving by IS. It's estimated there are between 500 and 700 IS militants in Fallujah.
This here is their second largest stronghold in Iraq, after Mosul, their de facto capital. The offensive began Monday, and the city is surrounded. A Shiite militia leader said, Friday, the final battle to retake Fallujah would start in days.