TOPSHOT - Iraqi pro-government forces advance towards the city of Fallujah on May 23, 2016, as part of a major assault to retake the city from ISIS group. / AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi urged protesters not to demonstrate in Baghdad Friday because security forces are mobilized in the battle to retake Fallujah.Tens of thousands of security forces are deployed in the Fallujah area for an assault aimed at retaking the city from the ISIS group.Fallujah, which lies only 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of Baghdad, has been out of government control since January 2014 and is one of only two remaining major Iraqi cities still in ISIS hands, the other being Mosul.On May 20, protesters broke into the Green Zone and briefly stormed Abadi's own office, further deepening a political crisis that has been crippling the country for months.
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