Police Department And Other Government Facilities Reopen In Fallujah

Police Department And Other Government Facilities Reopen In Fallujah

The police department along with other government facilities have reopened in Fallujah after a long lull during the city's seize by Islamic State (ISIS).

On Friday (July 1) the local police held a red ribbon ceremony outside the police station to commemorate its reopening, days after the government announced it had taken back the city from the militants.

Iraqi forces recaptured the city of Fallujah on Sunday (June 26) after nearly five weeks of fighting ISIS.

The government's recapture of Fallujah, an hour's drive west of the capital, Baghdad, was part of a broader offensive against ISIS militants, which seized large swaths of Iraq's north and west in 2014, but is now being driven back by an array of forces backed by a U.S.-led coalition.

The militants seized Fallujah in January 2014, six months before they declared a "caliphate" over parts of Syria and Iraq.