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Iraqi state media: Offensive begins to drive Islamic State from Ramadi
Iraqi state media: Offensive begins to drive Islamic State from Ramadi

A major government offensive to recapture the city of Ramadi from Islamic State militants has begun, Iraq's official media reported Tuesday. State-run Al Iraqiyah TV said “wide ranging” operations had started to “liberate” the city about 60 miles west of Baghdad. Whether the counteroffensive had kicked off in earnest remained unclear. The state media often heralds government actions and victories that later prove to be illusory. Iraqi forces have been massing for days outside Ramadi in preparation for an assault to retake the capital of Anbar province, which was captured last week by Islamic State fighters. The loss of Ramadi was a major embarrassment for...

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