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Iraqi forces in Fallujah repel IS attack in city's south

  • Iraqi military forces prepare for an offensive into Fallujah to retake the city from Islamic State militants in Iraq, Monday, May 30, 2016. A wave of bombings claimed by the Islamic State group targeted commercial areas in and around Baghdad on Monday, killing more than 20 people in attacks that came as Iraqi troops poised to recapture Fallujah, a city held by the extremists group west of Iraq's capital. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

    Iraqi military forces prepare for an offensive into Fallujah to retake the city from Islamic State militants in Iraq, Monday, May 30, 2016. A wave of bombings claimed by the Islamic State group targeted commercial areas in and around Baghdad on Monday, killing more than 20 people in attacks that came as Iraqi troops poised to recapture Fallujah, a city held by the extremists group west of Iraq's capital. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • Smoke billows on the horizon as Iraqi military forces prepare for an offensive into Fallujah to retake the city from Islamic State militants in Iraq, Monday, May 30, 2016. A wave of bombings claimed by the Islamic State group targeted commercial areas in and around Baghdad on Monday, killing more than 20 people in attacks that came as Iraqi troops poised to recapture Fallujah. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

    Smoke billows on the horizon as Iraqi military forces prepare for an offensive into Fallujah to retake the city from Islamic State militants in Iraq, Monday, May 30, 2016. A wave of bombings claimed by the Islamic State group targeted commercial areas in and around Baghdad on Monday, killing more than 20 people in attacks that came as Iraqi troops poised to recapture Fallujah. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • Iraqi military forces prepare for an offensive into Fallujah to retake the city from Islamic State militants in Iraq, Monday, May 30, 2016. An Iraqi special forces commander says Iraqi forces have started pushing into Fallujah as part of the ongoing operation to oust Islamic State militants from this city west of Baghdad. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

    Iraqi military forces prepare for an offensive into Fallujah to retake the city from Islamic State militants in Iraq, Monday, May 30, 2016. An Iraqi special forces commander says Iraqi forces have started pushing into Fallujah as part of the ongoing operation to oust Islamic State militants from this city west of Baghdad. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

Iraqi forces battling their way into Fallujah have repelled a four-hour attack by the Islamic State group in the city's south.

Two officers with the special forces say the attack started at dawn on Tuesday in the Nuaimiya area where Iraqi troops captured almost 85 percent of the ground the previous day, when they first entered Fallujah.

The officers say IS militants used tunnels, deployed snipers and sent six explosives-laden cars to hit the troops but they were destroyed before reaching their targets. The officers spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing campaign.

Fallujah, which has been under IS control for over two years, is 65 kilometers (40 miles) west of Baghdad. It's the last major city in western Iraq still under control of the Islamic State group.