2,500 ISIS Fighters Killed in Fallujah Offensive, Iraqi Commander Says

Lt. General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi says around 4,000 ISIS militants were inside Fallujah when the offensive began in late May and claims 15 percent of those killed are foreign fighters.

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Iraqi soldiers pose with an ISIS flag after forces re-took Fallujah from the militant group, Fallujah, Iraq, June 19, 2016.
Iraqi soldiers pose with an ISIS flag after forces re-took Fallujah from the militant group, Fallujah, Iraq, June 19, 2016.Credit: Iraq Counterterrorism Service / AP

A senior Iraqi military commander says about 2,500 ISIS militants have been killed during a month-long offensive to recapture the city of Fallujah.

The counterterrorism forces' chief in the operation, Lt. General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, told the local al-Sumaria TV late on Monday that the number of ISIS fighters inside Fallujah ranged between 3,500 to 4,000 when the offensive began in late May.

Iraqi troops have not disclosed their losses in Fallujah though ISIS claims to have killed dozens.

Al-Saadi offered no specifics to back up the figure of 2,500 killed ISIS fighters. He claimed about 15 percent of them were foreign fighters.

He cited Iraqi police reports as saying 1,086 ISIS-linked suspects have been arrested. He didn't say how many ISIS militants remain in Fallujah.

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