Iraq, Al Anbar governorate, Fallujah, 22.7.2016, AFTERMATH OF THE BATTLE OF FALLUJAH AGAINST ISIS. A soldier of the 1st division of the Iraqui army is on the watch at a former ISIS prison that got completely burnt-out during the advance of the Iraqui army.
Iraq, Al Anbar governorate, Fallujah, 22.7.2016,
(c) DANIEL ROSENTHAL
AFTERMATH OF THE BATTLE OF FALLUJAH AGAINST ISIS.
According to the mayor of Fallujah this blindfolded man was executed by ISIS in a former school building of town. (at least six more bodies, probably many more were to be seen at the school).
Apart from the Iraqui army and the mayor there are absolutely no civilians in town at the moment. The Iraqui army is clearing house by house of booby traps, mines and explosive devices left behind by ISIS. Estimates state that it will take up to 6 month for the civilians to return to town.
Fallujah is a city in the Iraqi province of Al Anbar, located roughly 69 kilometers west of Baghdad on the Euphrates.
In January 2014, the city was captured by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and suffered major population loss. On 23 May 2016, Iraqi forces announced the beginning of their attempt to retake Fallujah from ISIS. On 26 June 2016 the city was declared fully liberated by the Iraqi army. Estimates state that about 1800-2000 ISIS fighters were killed in the operation and 30 percent of the town destroyed.
Population in 2011 was about 275.000 inhabitants.