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Iraq government regains 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.


From Belfast Telegraph