Iraqi military: Iraqi forces retake 60% of Ramadi from ISIS

December 8, 2015 8:32 PM

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Iraqi military: Iraqi forces retake 60% of Ramadi from ISIS

Besides its strategic significance, Ramadi -- some 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Baghdad in the Sunni heartland -- has symbolic importance in Iraq's fight against ISIS.

Iraqi officials, including Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, later said Carter had bad information. And Salim al-Jabouri, speaker of the Iraqi parliament and arguably the country's most powerful Sunni politician, said that even the Prime Minister didn't know of the withdrawal until after it happened.

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