Iraqi military retakes government complex from ISIS in city of Ramadi

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

An aerial view of Ramadi and the Euphrates River.
Image: Cpl. Jeremy M. Giacomino, USMC.

The Iraqi military retook a government complex in the city of Ramadi from the militant group ISIS yesterday as ISIS militants were defeated in a battle lasting a couple of days.

Military leader Yahya Rasool said the military “liberated” the city from ISIS, which took the city earlier this year in May.

However, other military leaders say some parts of the city still remain under ISIS’ control, and some of those that are not have not yet been retaken by the military; the city is full of traps, including planted bombs and snipers, which officials say can pose a problem to the soldiers trying to retake the rest of Ramadi.

According to Majid Al-Fatlawi from the Iraqi army, ISIS “has planted more than 300 explosive devices on the roads and in the buildings of the government complex”.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the Iraqi military “fulfilled the promise to defeat Daesh in Ramadi”. Daesh is the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

Colonel Mohammed Ibrahim of the Joint Operations Command said airstrikes killed some ISIS fighters defending the government buildings. The United Kingdom‘s military officials said they have aided the Iraqi military in defeating ISIS in the city through airstrikes. British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the Air Force’s air strikes “played a great role” in aiding the Iraqi military.

Hammond called the retaking of Ramadi’s government buildings “the latest in a series of significant losses for Daesh”.

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