Iraqi Army Wins Back 60 Percent of Ramadi City

© AP Photo / Osama SamiA national flag waves on an Iraqi Army Abrams tank as Iraqi forces supported by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes advance their position during clashes with Islamic State group in the western suburbs of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015
A national flag waves on an Iraqi Army Abrams tank as Iraqi forces supported by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes advance their position during clashes with Islamic State group in the western suburbs of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Iraqi army and allied militia forces have recaptured most of the western city of Ramadi from Daesh terrorists, Iranian media wrote on Sunday.

Iraqi security forces member takes combat position as he carries a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) in the rural town of Husayba, in the Euphrates Valley seven kilometres (4.5 miles) east of Ramadi, on December 7, 2015 - Sputnik International
Iraqi Forces Take Back Large Part of Ramadi from Daesh After Fierce Battle
"60 percent of Ramadi is now under the control of the Iraqi forces and it has been purged of Takfiri terrorists," Raje Barakat, member of Anbar governor office's security committee, said, Fars news agency reported.

He reiterated that dozens of militants have been killed in the Iraqi forces' operations in the country’s western Anbar province.

Barakat said that the Iraqi forces were advancing from several directions and the Islamist militants were now holed up in the city center.

Meantime, Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi announced that the Iraqi forces were now close to taking full control of Ramadi city.

On November 17, the Iraqi security forces crossed the Euphrates River, for the first time since the ISIL terrorists captured Ramadi city, advancing towards the center of the city, Fars reported.

The Iraqi forces also regained control of several government buildings and institutions in Ramadi.

The Iraqi forces also managed to raise the Iraqi flag over the city's liberated areas after 4 days of intensified airstrikes on the militants’ positions in Ramadi, the agency said.

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