Displaced Iraqis from the Fallujah area rest in the shade at a camp near Amiriyiah al-Fallujah on June 22, 2016. AFP / MOADH AL-DULAIMI
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The rapid entry of Iraqi forces into central Fallujah last week surprised many who expected a drawn-out battle with Daesh (ISIS) for the bastion of Iraq's Sunni insurgency, where some of the toughest fighting of the U.S. occupation took place.Yet questions remain about whether Abadi – who declared victory on Friday even though Daesh militants are still fighting in Fallujah – can convert those military gains into political success, and what kind of model Fallujah offers for the next major military campaign, against Daesh-held Mosul. Fallujah has been seen as a stronghold of Sunni insurgents for more than a decade and U.S. forces that toppled Saddam Hussein, a Sunni, suffered heavy losses there in two battles in 2004 .Days after Abadi announced the assault, Iranian media published pictures of what they said was a visit by Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani to Shiite militias fighting alongside the army.Soleimani also appeared during last year's battle for Tikrit where Shiite militias were accused of committing rights abuses. Even playing a peripheral role in Fallujah the militias faced allegations from the local provincial governor, which they denied, that they executed 49 Sunni men and detained more than 600 others.
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