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DUHOK – Iraqi army forces and allied militias recaptured on Thursday the strategic town of Karma near Fallujah from the Islamic State (ISIS) group, military sources reported.
The Iraqi central command said that government forces have regained control of the Karma town [about 16km northeastern Fallujah] after storming ISIS strongholds there.
“Subsequent to fierce clashes, our forces liberated Karma town from ISIS terrorists on Thursday afternoon,” Iraqi army officer Karrar al-Saadi told ARA News.
The official added that at least twenty ISIS militant fighters were killed in the Karma clashes.
“By liberating Karma, the entire eastern Fallujah area is now under the control of the government forces,” he said.
This comes just one day after an airstrike by the Iraqi air force killed ten ISIS militants, including the ISIS deputy governor of Fallujah. “The airstrike hit a building that was used by ISIS militants as a security centre,” local media activist Diab al-Jdeh told ARA News.
The building, located in the Albu Ali district of Fallujah city where a group of ISIS members were meeting, was destroyed completely subsequent to the airstrike on Wednesday evening. Also, the Iraqi forces bombed a field hospital in southern Fallujah of Anbar province where injured ISIS militants were being treated.
Reporting by: Eyaz Ciziri
Source: ARA News