U.S. defense chief hails Iraq's liberation of Fallujah
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Monday congratulated Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on freeing the city of Fallujah from the terror group Islamic State (IS), Xinhua reported.

"The United States military and our coalition partners are proud to have supported the Iraqi Security Forces under the prime minister's command in this important operation," Carter said in a statement issued by the Pentagon.

Carter called the operation "another milestone" in the joint efforts to accelerate IS's defeat.

The operation in Fallujah was a significant challenge for the Iraqi security forces and for the multinational coalition, but it won't be the last, Carter said.

He added that it's also essential to complete the investigations launched by the Iraqi government "to address alleged abuses of civilians."

News Code: 13574  |  Date: 2016/06/28  |  Time: 13 : 52

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