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Iraq offensive underway to take back Ramadi from Islamic State
Iraq offensive underway to take back Ramadi from Islamic State

Iraqi military and other pro-government forces on Tuesday launched an offensive, spearheaded by Shiite Muslim militias, to take back Ramadi from Islamic State fighters who seized the city last week. The state-run media quoted the military command as saying “wide-ranging” operations commenced to “liberate” Ramadi, about 60 miles west of Baghdad, the Iraqi capital. There were no immediate reports of major battles along an extensive front line that has been experiencing periodic skirmishes since the Al Qaeda breakaway faction overran Ramadi, sending pro-government forces scattering. The loss of Ramadi was a major setback for the U.S.-backed government of Iraqi...

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