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Iraq government regains Anbar University from Islamic State fighters

Published 26/07/2015

Baghdad has reclaimed control of Anbar University from Islamic State fighters
Baghdad has reclaimed control of Anbar University from Islamic State fighters

Iraqi government forces have retaken Anbar University from the Islamic State militant group after hours of fierce clashes.

Athal al-Fahdawi, a provincial councillor, says that Iraqi troops are in full control of the university, located three miles south of Anbar's provincial capital, the militant-held city of Ramadi.

He adds that a number of buildings in and around the university complex have been badly damaged or destroyed.

Another Anbar councillor, Faleh al-Issawi, told The Associated Press that about two dozen Islamic State fighters were killed in the clashes. He declined to provide more details.

The Iraqi military launched a large scale operation this month to retake Anbar province, in which most of the biggest cities are held by the Islamic State group.

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