Iraqi security forces and backup militias have retaken the key town of Karma from ISIS. This is the government’s first significant victory in its push to regain Falluja.
Recapturing Karma, which is about 10 miles (16 kilometers), brings most of the territory east under government control.
Iraqi troops, Shiite militias, and an air unit launched by the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition, launched an offensive on Monday as an attempt to retake Falluja. Falluja remains with Monsul as the two large Iraqi cities under Sunni terror group control.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi posted a statement on social media congratulating on the retaking of Karma and ordered local security forces to protect civilians.