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Iraq launches operation to drive Islamic State from Anbar
Iraq launches operation to drive Islamic State from Anbar

Iraq on Tuesday announced the launch of a military operation to drive Islamic State  out of western Anbar province, where the extremists captured the provincial capital, Ramadi, earlier this month. Iraqi state TV declared the start of the operation, in which troops will be backed by Shiite and Sunni paramilitary forces, but did not provide further details. Islamic State seized large parts of Anbar starting in early 2014 and captured Ramadi earlier this month. The fall of the city marked a major defeat for Iraqi forces, which had been making steady progress against the extremists over the past year with the help of U.S.-led airstrikes. Security forces and Sunni militiamen who had...

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