15:19 GMT18 January 2021
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    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Monday promised that Germany would help Iraq rebuild the city of Ramadi liberated from Daesh extremist militant group.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier on Monday, Iraq's army announced it had gained full control over Ramadi, which has been occupied by the terrorist group since May.

    “FM #Steinmeier congratulates PM @HaiderAlAbadi [Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi] on military advance in #Ramadi + promises swift reconstruction assistance,” Steinmeier’s press office said on Twitter.

    The Iraqi armed forces began an operation to liberate the center of Ramadi from IS extremists on Tuesday. According to Iraqi intelligence, up to 300 radical Islamist militants had been holding central districts of the city.

    IS, which is an extremist jihadist group outlawed in Russia and many other countries, has seized large areas in Syria and Iraq in 2014, declaring a caliphate on territories under its control.


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