Although Fallujah is now liberated, it may be weeks or months before civilians are allowed to return home. However, their situation at the refugee camps has not improved. As well as there being little food or water, the displaced are crammed together in tents that were not meant to hold so many.
Shi’ite militiamen are now openly admitting to participating in operations inside the city of Fallujah even though they promised to stay away. So far, they have escaped any war crimes accusations that have plagued them in other Sunni cities.
Security forces have chased militants further west along the Euphrates River.
At least 166 were killed and 57 more were wounded:
In Fallujah, the bodies of seven detainees were found at a makeshift prison.
Two farmers were shot dead in Hussein al-Hammadi.
Security forces killed about 100 militants near Sharqat.
Strikes on Badush left 28 militants dead and 12 wounded.
Ten militants were killed in strikes on Haj.
In Rutba, a suicide bomber was killed.
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