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Iraqi commander: About 2,500 IS militants killed in Fallujah

  • FILE - In this Friday, June 3, 2016 file photo, Iraqi families displaced during fighting between Iraqi security forces and the Islamic State group, during a military operation to regain control the city, outside an Iraqi army military Camp near Fallujah, Iraq. The U.N. refugee agency says just over 65 million people were displaced worldwide by the end of last year, easily setting a new postwar record, as it warned that European and other rich nations can expect the tide to continue if root causes aren't addressed.(AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, June 3, 2016 file photo, Iraqi families displaced during fighting between Iraqi security forces and the Islamic State group, during a military operation to regain control the city, outside an Iraqi army military Camp near Fallujah, Iraq. The U.N. refugee agency says just over 65 million people were displaced worldwide by the end of last year, easily setting a new postwar record, as it warned that European and other rich nations can expect the tide to continue if root causes aren't addressed.(AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Internally displaced civilians from Fallujah, who fled their homes during fighting between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State group, arrive to a camp outside Fallujah, Iraq, Monday, June 20, 2016.  The U.N. refugee agency says just over 65 million people were displaced worldwide by the end of last year, easily setting a new postwar record, as it warned that European and other rich nations can expect the tide to continue if root causes aren't addressed. (AP Photo)

    Internally displaced civilians from Fallujah, who fled their homes during fighting between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State group, arrive to a camp outside Fallujah, Iraq, Monday, June 20, 2016. The U.N. refugee agency says just over 65 million people were displaced worldwide by the end of last year, easily setting a new postwar record, as it warned that European and other rich nations can expect the tide to continue if root causes aren't addressed. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

A senior Iraqi military commander says about 2,500 Islamic State militants have been killed during a month-long offensive to recapture the city of Fallujah.

The counterterrorism forces' chief in the operation, Lt. General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, told the local al-Sumaria TV late on Monday that the number of IS fighters inside Fallujah ranged between 3,500 to 4,000 when the offensive began in late May.

Iraqi troops have not disclosed their losses in Fallujah though the Islamic State group claims to have killed dozens

Al-Saadi offered no specifics to back up the figure of 2,500 killed IS fighters. He claimed about 15 percent of them were foreign fighters.

He cited Iraqi police reports as saying 1,086 IS-linked suspects have been arrested. He didn't say how many IS militants remain in Fallujah.