Bombs laid by IS hamper Iraqi troops in Ramadi

Islamic State militants left Ramadi’s streets and buildings boobytrapped with bombs, hampering efforts to rebuild the city two weeks after Iraq’s elite counter-terrorism forces claimed victory against the militant group there, officials said. Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, was touted as the first major success for Iraq’s army since[…]

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Iraqi army eyes next ISIL stronghold

The Iraqi army, emboldened by the recent recapturing of the city of Ramadi from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), is now eyeing another ISIL stronghold: Fallujah. The defence ministry said on Wednesday that Iraqi security forces, supported by US-led air strikes, had started advancing towards Fallujah[…]

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Iraqi army declares Ramadi ‘liberated’

Iraqi forces claimed victory over the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Ramadi as clearing operations were under way to flush out the armed group’s remaining fighters in the key city. “Yes, the city of Ramadi has been liberated,” Brigadier General Yahya Rasool said in a televised[…]

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Iraqi army declares first major victory in Ramadi

Iraq’s army declared victory over Islamic State fighters in a provincial capital west of Baghdad on Sunday, the first major triumph for the U.S.-trained force since it collapsed in the face of an assault by the militants 18 months ago. The capture of Ramadi, capital of mainly Sunni-Muslim Anbar province[…]

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Coalition planes pound ISIS in Iraq’s Ramadi

Coalition air forces pounded positions held by Islamic State in Ramadi on Thursday, Iraqi military statements said, in support of government troops seeking to retake the western Iraqi city and push on to drive the militants from key population centers. Warplanes from the US-led coalition carried out 27 strikes against[…]

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Iraqi troops storm into center of IS-held Ramadi

Iraq’s armed forces stormed the center of Ramadi on Tuesday, a spokesman for the counter-terrorism units said, in a drive to dislodge Islamic State militants from their remaining stronghold in a city they captured in May. The operation to recapture Ramadi, a Sunni Muslim city on the river Euphrates some[…]

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‘Daesh fighters are becoming more hostile’

As Iraqi forces close in on the western city of Ramadi, thousands of civilians are effectively being held hostage inside by Islamic State  who want to use them as human shields. Iraqi forces cut the hardline group’s last supply line into Ramadi in November, surrounding the city and making it[…]

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