>> The Iraqi forces backed by Shiite Militia oppressing deeper into the IS held tunnel felucca. Explosions and gunfire heard Thursday, as they move into the Northwestern outskirts. Fallujah is located West of Baghdad and is thought to be main IS base for attacks on the capital. It was the first major town to fall to IS when they swept through the country in 2014.
Now the government is vowing to retake it, but it won't be easy. About 50,000 civilians thought to be trapped there and the UN says, IS may be using them as human shields. Meanwhile, IS also under pressure in Syria. A coalition of Arabian kurdish fighters pushing Islamists out of territory along the border with Turkey.
The aim is to close the group's last exit route from its self-declared caliphate is successful, analysts say that would mark one of Islamic States's biggest defeats