raqi city of Ramadi 'fully liberated' from ISIS by government forces 12-28
Iraqi city of Ramadi 'fully liberated' from ISIS by government forces THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Monday, December 28, 2015, 6:36 AM
BAGHDAD — Iraqi military forces on Monday retook a strategic government complex in the city of Ramadi from Islamic State militants who have occupied the city since May.
Military spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool initially announced that Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, had been "fully liberated."
But Gen. Ismail al-Mahlawi, head of military operations in Anbar, quickly clarified that government forces had only retaken a strategic government complex and that parts of the city remained under ISIS control.
Islamic State fighters have retreated from about 70% of city, but still control the rest and government forces still don't fully control many of the districts from which the ISIS fighters have retreated.
The Iraqi military launched a long-promised campaign to retake the city, located about 80 miles west of Baghdad, last week. Their progress had been hampered by snipers, booby traps and the destruction by Islamic militants of all bridges leading into Ramadi.