Burned out human cages, schools packed with explosives and hate propaganda for children: What ISIS left behind when Iraqi forces drove them from Fallujah
- Iraqi forces seized Fallujah from Islamic State militants this week but the extremists left behind reminders of their reign
- Dozens of buildings were booby-trapped with explosives and terror group had left behind weapons and propaganda
- Stark images show ISIS had created their own ‘prisons’ and even a court – forces also found burned out human cages
By Keiligh Baker for MailOnline
Published: 01:15, 3 July 2016
The Islamic State flag flying over Iraq’s Fallujah is in tatters and its fighters are all dead or gone leaving behind a broken city of bomb-rigged schools, burned out human cages and empty streets.
Only scattered signs of ISIS’s self-declared ‘caliphate’ remain in Fallujah, a city west of Baghdad which was seized by anti-government fighters in early 2014 and later became a key jihadist stronghold.
Iraqi forces declared Fallujah fully liberated on Sunday, after government troops routed the remaining ISIS fighters from the city’s north and west under the close cover of US-led coalition airstrikes.
The battle, which began May 22, was the latest in a string of territorial defeats for ISIS in Iraq over the past year.