Iraqi forces have halted at the edge of Falluja. Facing a fierce counter assault by ISIL militants, the Iraqi prime minister has delayed operations over fears for the civilians trapped in the city.
The decision comes two days after elite forces set up on the outskirts, preparing for what would be the most ambitious attempt to oust the extremist group since ISIL overran much of the city in June 2014.
“We are here in Nuaimiya district and operations are ongoing and the advance towards the centre of Falluja is underway. We are being backed by air support from the international coalition and the Iraqi air force, explained one the commander of Falluja Operations.