A 72-hour ceasefire has been announced in the Anbar province city of Fallujah, according to Iraq’s Defense ministry. The ministry have been engaging in a military operation with anti-government militia since January.
The announcement provides hopes that a settlement between the Iraqi government and the fighters in the area may come in the near future. In a statement, the ministry said, “Military operations taken against selected terrorist organization targets in Fallujah have been stopped.” They added that the decision was taken in “goodwill” and “to stop the bloodshed in Syria.”
According to the UN, more than 370,000 Iraqi people have possibly been displaced as a result of the fighting in Fallujah and the surrounding Anbar province.
By Brian Ault