Monday, May 30, 2016

Isis May Face Falluja Bloodbath, But New Offensive Shows Power To Spread Terror

By The Guardian, May 28, 2016 

Islamic State is under pressure in two strongholds, the Iraqi town of Falluja and the countryside around its self-declared capital, Raqqa. But a fresh assault in north Syria and threats to strike in the western world during Ramadan are a reminder that efforts to dismantle the group are likely to take years.

The US said late on Friday it had killed the top Isis commander in Falluja in airstrikes that also hit around 70 other fighters, and an Iraqi militia commander said the final assault would come within “days, not weeks” amid grim reports of civilians starving to death. Penned in by a siege, with food and medicines running short, Isis has trapped tens of thousands of civilians in the city as human shields, a handful of families who escaped in recent days told aid organisations and journalists. They have risked their lives to flee past Isis controls or through minefields, convinced that the fighting to come would be even more dangerous for ordinary Iraqis trapped inside their homes.

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