Iraqi Shiite fighters from the Popular Mobilization units, monitor the frontline near the Tharthar lake, north of the city of Fallujah on February 11, 2016, as they continue to battle ISIS. AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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Rare clashes erupted Friday inside the extremist stronghold of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, between the ISIS and Iraqi tribesmen, officials and a tribal leader said.The shootout pitted fighters from multiple tribes against ISIS members known as Al-Hisba, who are responsible for enforcing religious strictures in the city, sources said.The officer said that members of a third tribe, Al-Halabsa, were also involved in the clashes against ISIS, and that sporadic fighting was ongoing.Fallujah, which is located about 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of Baghdad, has been held by anti-government forces since the beginning of 2014, and is now one of two Iraqi cities still under ISIS control.
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