Commander of Fallujah Liberation Operations, Lieutenant General Abdelwahab Al-Saadi, “The security forces are advancing towards central Fallujah from the southern side but doing so cautiously, to save civilian lives,”
Al-Saadi stressed that “In the coming days, we will declare the liberation of Fallujah” which is located roughly 69 kilometers (43 miles) west of the capital, Baghdad.
The Iraqi Joint Operations Command announced in a statement that the astounding number of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted by ISIL insurgents has slowed the progress of army soldiers to push deep in Fallujah.
“There are tunnels and between 150 and 200 bombs are defused every 100 meters,” the statement read.
“Our information is that ISIL has prepared car bombs which they are hiding in homes, with the intention of attacking us when we enter,” it added.