Why driving Islamic State from Fallujah is critical to Iraq and U.S.The Pivotal Fight
Iraq launched an investigation Monday into potential human rights violations against civilians fleeing the Islamic State-held city of Fallujah. An estimated 4,000 more people left the city over the weekend.
Suhaib Al-Rawi, the governor of Anbar province, said 49 civilians were killed and 643 others have gone missing.
Here are the five reasons why driving the militant group from Fallujah is so important to the Iraqi government and U.S.-led coalition supporting its offensive to retake the city.