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Iraq:Shiite militia prepares for battle to take back Falluja

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Iraq:Shiite militia prepares for battle to take back Falluja


More Shiite militiamen arrived in Iraq’s Anbar province on Friday hoping to recapture the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah from the Islamic State militant group.

But the Iranian-backed fighters have warned Washington against sending extra resources saying coalition assistance only hurts their efforts to tackle the jihadists.

The US announce plans to send an additional 450 trainers to an airbase in eastern Anbar province. The nearby city of Fallujah has been under ISIL control for over a year.

Hadi al-Amiri, head of the Shiite umbrella militia group Popular Mobilisation Front said: “The American forces have been unable to do anything about ISIL on the ground and they were unable to do anything about al-Qaida in 2006-2007 in Ramadi. Now 450 ‘experts’ will be able to help resolve the battle?”

Iraq’s defence ministry released footage on Friday it said showed airstrikes against positions of suspected ISIL militants near Fallujah.

The US military said it conducted more than a dozen air assaults each day in Iraq this week.

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