Iraqi forces battle jihadists west and north of Baghdad

October 17, 2014 9:09 PM

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Iraqi forces battle jihadists west and north of Baghdad

BAGHDAD: Iraqi security forces battled ISIS jihadists Friday in the strategic city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, and near militant-held Tikrit to the north, officials said.

Ramadi, the capital of Anbar, is one of a dwindling number of areas in the province where pro-government forces hold ground, and its loss would be a major blow for Baghdad.

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