Iraqi forces retake centre of Ramadi but Islamic State fighters cling to outskirts

December 28, 2015 11:44 PM

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BAGHDAD—Iraqi forces backed by U.S.-led airstrikes drove Islamic State militants out of the centre of Ramadi on Monday and seized the main government complex there, according to military officials, who said insurgents are still dug into pockets of the city.

Ramadi, the provincial capital of the sprawling Anbar province, fell to IS in May, marking a major setback for Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led campaign. Ramadi and nearby Fallujah, which is controlled by Islamic State, saw some of the heaviest fighting of the eight-year U.S. intervention in Iraq.

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