Smoke billows on the horizon as Iraqi military forces prepare for an offensive into Fallujah to retake the city from Islamic State militants in Iraq, Monday, May 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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The vast Anbar province that surrounds the two towns is mainly Sunni and fiercely resisted U.S. troops when they occupied Iraq.On Aug. 8, the United States launches airstrikes against Daesh and a month later has created a coalition to target the group in Iraq and Syria.To the south, coalition-backed Iraqi troops begin to squeeze Fallujah in March and capture Hit and Al-Rutbah, towns which control supply routes between Iraq and Syria.In April, Washington says it will send attack helicopters and another 200 soldiers to train and assist Iraqi troops, bringing the total number of U.S. military personnel in Iraq to more than 4,000 .
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