Iraqi Gov't forces tighten grip of Al-Falloujah — official

Prime Minister Tammam Salam meets with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari
Prime Minister Tammam Salam meets with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari

BEIRUT, June 9 (KUNA) — Visiting Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari said on Thursday the Iraqi government forces have tightened their grip on the embattled key town of Al-Fallouja.
The government forces are taking necessary precautions to safeguard lives of civilians in Al-Fallouja, said Al-Jaafari as he emerged from a meeting with Prime Minister Tammam Salam.
Clearing up Al-Fallouja which has been transformed by the so-called Islamic State into a stronghold will lead to very positive results in other Iraqi regions, he added.
“Terrorism cannot be identified with a territory, religion, sect or homeland,” he said, adding that the “battle for Al-Falouja has great impact on the full-scale war against terrorism in various arenas.” Al-Jaafari added that he conveyed a message from Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi to premier Salam, related to bilateral relations and conditions in Iraq and the region.
The Iraqi minister arrived in the country earlier today on an official mission. (end) wsm.rk