Iraqi, U.S.-Led Forces Push to Retake Fallujah

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Iraqi pro-government forces hold a position on a front line in the Albu Huwa area, south of Fallujah near the Euphrates river, on May 31, 2016, during an operation aimed at retaking areas from the Islamic State group.  (Photo: Moadh Al-Dulaimi/AFP/Getty Images)

Fighting is intensifying in the Iraq city of Fallujah as the Iraqi military and U.S.-led forces attempt to wrest control from ISIS militants. Aid groups report that at least 50,000 civilians remain trapped in Fallujah, which is facing extreme food, water and medicine shortages. We discuss the offensive and U.S. policy in the region.


John Arquilla, chairman of the defense analysis department, Naval Postgraduate School; author of "Insurgents, Raiders and Bandits: How Masters of Irregular Warfare Have Shaped Our World"

James Jeffrey, fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; U.S. ambassador to Iraq from 2010 to 2012

Ahmed Maher, Baghdad correspondent, BBC World Service

Michael Pregent, adjunct fellow, Hudson Institute; former intelligence advisor to General David Petraeus; served in Iraq from 2005 - 2010