Iraq’s police chief said on Tuesday that the forces cleared the Fallujah Barrage of Daesh and hoisted the Iraqi flag on the crest of the dam.
Brigadier Shakir Jawdat said Iraqi forces are now in full control of the barrage, which is located south of Fallujah on the Euphrates River.
The Iraqi forces also seized control over three villages of Za’anatha, Ziban and Atr east of Fallujah. They also recaptured Abbas Jamil Bridge to facilitate the advance on the eastern neighborhoods of the city.
Earlier on Tuesday, Jawdat had briefed the media about the liberation of a neighborhood in Fallujah, saying his forces freed several residential blocks in the area.
The recaptures are the latest in a series of advances made by Iraqi forces against Daesh in Fallujah, a city in the western province of Anbar which has been in the hands of the militants for the past two years.
The massive operation, which was delayed several times due to the situation of civilians and the weather condition, is of high significance to the Iraqis, as the liberation of the town, located west of Baghdad, would seriously boost the morale of the military as it prepares for a final push against Daesh in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city in the north.
Concurrent with the Fallujah offensive, contingents of the Iraqi army are trying to approach the outskirts of Mosul. A senior military source said that troops recaptured the village of Nasr south of the city earlier in the day.
Also on Tuesday, the United Nations hailed efforts made by Baghdad to ease concerns about the safety of civilians during the Fallujah operation, saying 7,000 people have managed to flee the Daesh-held city via a safe corridor set up by Iraqi forces.