This blog is a collection of all the posts I have created at You Will Anyway chronicling the razing of Falluja by the U.S. military and its allies. It also includes posts concerning Falluja in the current rendition of You Will Anyway.
Al Jazeera is certain we have forgotten about Falluja, so explains to us where it is. They are probably right.
The United Nations and humanitarian organisations are concerned over the fate of some 50,000 civilians trapped in Fallujah, a town situated west of Baghdad and the site of an Iraqi army offensive.
Fallujah became in January 2014 the first Iraqi city to be captured by ISIL, six months before the group declared its caliphate.
The city on the Euphrates River had a prewar population of about 300,000. Known as the City of Minarets and Mother of Mosques, it was badly damaged in two assaults by the US army against suspected al-Qaeda fighters in 2004.
"People basically are surviving on dried dates and water from the river," Abdulla said. "The only things these families managed to take with them were the clothes they're wearing and their IDs."
Abdulla explained that the few families who did escape the town in Anbar province had to traverse around 30km by foot and pass numerous checkpoints in order to reach safety.
Although the offensive was launched on Monday, Iraqi government forces have besieged the city and its suburbs for several months now, resulting in shortages of food and medicines.