ISIS PUSHED OUT OF FALLUJAH Iraqi commanders claim to have fully retaken Fallujah from the Islamic State, wresting away a stronghold from the extremist group. But the city still has many roadside bombs in the streets, and officials don’t know how many fighters may still be inside houses. Iraqi forces credit the victory to a weakened Islamic State, which has lost approximately 40 percent of its territory already, in addition to the blow of losing Fallujah. But questions remain about what will come next for the Sunni city. Many in Iraq’s Shiite militias — which were not initially supposed to be part of Fallujah’s liberation but did eventually fight alongside police in the operations — are concerned that the local population was sympathetic to the militants. Many residents were forced to flee during the fighting; it is not clear when they might be able to come back to the city.
CIA ARMS FOR SYRIA WENT TO BLACK MARKET Weapons that the CIA sent to Jordan and Saudi Arabia for Syrian rebels were stolen and sold to dealers on the black market, the New York Times reports. And some of those weapons were used in a shooting in Jordan that killed two Americans and three others last year. The revelations are part of a joint investigation by the Times and Al Jazeera, showing how officers got rich from pilfering and selling millions of dollars worth of stolen weapons — and how assault rifles, mortars and grenades ended up presumably in the hands of criminal networks and rural tribes.