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For These ISIS Fighters, There Was No Escape [VIDEO]

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A convoy of Islamic State terrorists had no chance of escape from Fallujah when they were struck by Operation Inherent Resolve forces June 29.

Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), supported by U.S. and coalition allies, engaged in a nearly month-long siege of the Iraqi city of Fallujah before finally driving out ISIS forces in late June. The unclassified Department of Defense video below shows a convoy of ISIS vehicles attempting to flee the city on what appears to be Iraq’s highway 11. The terrorists were intercepted by elements of the U.S.-led Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) as they passed through the nearby town of Habbaniyah.

CJTF-OIR struck ISIS vehicles at the head and rear of the convoy, trapping those in between. The initial strikes were followed up by a much larger munition which annihilated a majority of the vehicles.

ISIS has lost significant territory to the ISF in recent months. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited Fallujah on June 26, declaring victory over the terrorist group. The seizure of the city represents a key step towards dismantling key population centers under the control of ISIS. During his victory speecj, al-Abadi noted that ISF intends to build on its momentum from the Fallujah attack and focus on recapturing the Iraqi city of Mosul, the de facto ISIS capital in Iraq.

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