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Iraqi troops clear bombs in Ramadi after driving out IS

Published 31/12/2015

Smoke rises as Iraqi security forces attack the government complex in central Ramadi (AP)
Smoke rises as Iraqi security forces attack the government complex in central Ramadi (AP)

Iraqi troops have been removing bombs and debris from the city centre of Ramadi days after driving out Islamic State (IS) militants, as rainy weather slows further combat operations.

Anbar Provincial Council head Sabah Karhout said that sporadic clashes and airstrikes were taking place in areas that are still under IS control.

He said a major offensive to clear the remainder of the provincial capital is on hold due to the bad weather.

He says families are still trapped in the IS-held areas of the city, where they are being used as human shields.

On Monday, Iraqi forces backed by US-led airstrikes drove IS out of the city centre.

IS captured Ramadi in May despite months of airstrikes, dealing a major blow to Iraqi forces.

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