Fall of Ramadi flashpoint hands Iraq forces landmark victory

Members of Iraq's elite counter-terrorism service secure on December 27, 2015 the Hoz neighbourhood in central Ramadi, during military operations conducted by Iraqi pro-government forces against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist groupThe Islamic State group abandoned its last stronghold in Ramadi Sunday, effectively handing Iraqi forces their biggest victory since last year’s massive jihadist nationwide offensive. There were still parts of the flashpoint government complex the elite counter-terrorism service could not enter, as jihadists had rigged the entire area with explosives before retreating. There is no resistance,” Sabah al-Numan, the counter-terrorism force’s spokesman, told AFP.

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