Iraqi army announces full control over Ramadi after battles with ISIS

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A convoy for the Iraqi army forces is seen heading to the embattled city of Ramadi. File photo

ARA News 

ERBIL – Iraqi army announced on Tuesday the “full liberation” of Ramadi city, capital of Anbar province, from militants of the Islamic State (ISIS). 

Backed by the U.S.-led coalition’s airstrikes, Iraqi army forces have been engaged in fierce battles with ISIS militant fighters in Ramadi and its suburbs over the last few weeks. 

“Our forces have pushed Daesh (ISIS) militants out of the city’s outskirts. Ramadi is now under the full control of the army,” Iraqi central command said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Iraqi army had declared the liberation of Ramadi from ISIS earlier in December. However, the militant group fought back and regained several districts across the city after renewed clashes with Iraqi army troops, where dozens of fighters were reported dead on both sides.

In the meantime, governor of Anbar province Suhaib al-Rawi said that the bombs and land-mines left by ISIS prevent displaced civilians from returning to the city of Ramadi.

“The issue of IEDs is an extremely challenging one,” al-Rawi told reporters in Baghdad. 

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef

Source: ARA News

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