TOPSHOT - Iraqi army members stand guard at the entrance of the Nineveh base for liberation operations in Makhmur, about 280 kilometres (175 miles) north of the capital Baghdad, on February 11, 2016. / AFP / SAFIN HAMED
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Iraqi tribesmen battled militants from ISIS in their Fallujah stronghold for a second day Saturday, a significant challenge to long-running extremist control of the city, officials said.Fallujah is one of two Iraqi cities still controlled by ISIS, but residents -- said to number in the tens of thousands -- vastly outnumber the estimated 300 to 400 extremists inside it. In 2014 and 2015, ISIS executed dozens of members of the Albu Nimr tribe, which opposed the extremists' seizure of most of Anbar province, including Fallujah.Fallujah, which lies about 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of Baghdad, is the only Iraqi city apart from ISIS' main northern hub Mosul still under extremist control.
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