Iraq's counter-terrorism service (CTS) reach al-Sejar village in Iraq's Anbar province, on the boundaries of Fallujah, on May 28, 2016. / AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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Iraq's special forces completed a troop buildup around Fallujah on Sunday ahead of an operation to retake the ISIS-held city west of Baghdad, a military officer said, as the militants attacked a newly-liberated town to the west.The city, located about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, is one of the last major ISIS strongholds in Iraq.In a televised speech to parliament, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the "current second phase of the Fallujah operation" will last less than 48 hours, after which the offensive to recapture the city will begin.The militants meanwhile launched an attack Sunday on the town of Hit, 85 miles (140 kilometers) west of Baghdad, which was recaptured by government troops last month.Fallujah, which saw some of the heaviest fighting of the 2003-2011 U.S.-led military intervention, was the first city in Iraq to fall to ISIS.
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