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Ramadi 'fully recaptured' from IS by Iraqi forces

Published 09/02/2016

Iraqi security forces and the US-led coalition say the government has regained full control of Ramadi
Iraqi security forces and the US-led coalition say the government has regained full control of Ramadi

Iraqi security forces and the US-led coalition say the government has regained full control of Ramadi after pushing Islamic State group fighters out of the city's outskirts.

The Ministry of Interior said in a statement that a road linking Ramadi to the capital Baghdad is also back under government control.

Col Steve Warren, a spokesman for the coalition, said that Iraqi security forces have control of the whole city - but "untold thousands" of improvised explosive devices were left behind and the threat of militant attacks remained high.

The government pushed IS out of the centre of Ramadi in December, but struggled to regain control of the city's outskirts.

Ramadi fell to IS in May 2015, the largest defeat for Iraq's military since Mosul fell in 2014.

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