Iraqi leader visits Ramadi amid push to secure gains against Islamic State

December 29, 2015 1:48 PM

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Iraqi leader visits Ramadi amid push to secure gains against Islamic State

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s prime minister toured the outskirts of Ramadi on Tuesday in a rare battlefield visit seeking to showcase military gains as government forces attempt to push the Islamic State from its last footholds in the city.

Iraqi units — backed by U.S.-led airstrikes — have retaken key sites in Ramadi this week, including the main government compound, during an offensive that seeks to deal a major blow to the militants just 80 miles west of Baghdad.

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