Iraq: Ramadi ‘fully liberated’ from IS militants

Iraqi security forces enter heavy damaged downtown Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015. Islamic State fighters are putting up a tough fight in the militant-held city of Ramadi, slowing down the advance of Iraqi forces, Gen. Ismail al-Mahlawi, head of the Anbar military operations, said Sunday. (AP Photo/Rwa Faisal)

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi military spokesman says that the city of Ramadi, which was taken by the Islamic State group in May, has been “fully liberated.”

Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool announced on Monday that government forces had retaken the capital of Anbar Province after a protracted siege. But Gen. Ismail al-Mahlawi, head of military operations in Anbar, said that troops had only retaken a strategic government complex and that parts of the city remained under IS control.

The Iraqi military launched a long-promised campaign to retake the city last week, but their progress had been hampered by snipers, booby traps and the destruction by IS militants of all bridges leading into the city.

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