Destroyed buildings from clashes are seen south of Mosul , Iraq, June 15, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer
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Iraqi forces hunted down holdout extremists in Fallujah Saturday after retaking the city center and trained their sights on Mosul, ISIS's last remaining major hub in the country.Saadi and other commanders said Iraqi forces faced only limited resistance during the major advance that saw them push into the heart of Fallujah and clinch a breakthrough in the four-week-old operation.Building on the momentum of the Fallujah operation, Iraq announced Saturday that joint Kurdish-federal forces were starting a new phase in the push on Mosul from the south.Abadi ignored U.S. advice to focus on Mosul last month when he declared the launch of the Fallujah operation but he vowed Friday that the liberation of the northern city was "very near".Fallujah, where U.S. forces suffered some of their worst losses since the Vietnam War, looms large in modern extremists mythology but Mosul is much larger.
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