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    A White House official told reporters that the US-led coalition against Daesh will maintain support for its partners that are fighting the terrorist group after retaking of the city of Ramadi in Iraq.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US-led coalition against the Islamic State will maintain support for its partners fighting the terrorist group after retaking the city of Ramadi in Iraq, a White House official told reporters on Monday.

    “The United States and the broader coalition have supported the Ramadi operation with more than 630 air strikes and training and equipment, and we will continue to support our partners fighting against ISIL on the ground until it is defeated,” the official said.

    Earlier on Monday, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Colonel Steve Warren confirmed that Iraq's Security Forces had gained full control over the strategically important city of Ramadi which had been under the control of the Islamic State since May.

    The White House official noted that President Barack Obama was updated on the progress made by the Iraqi army.

    The Islamic State, also known as Daesh, is a terror group outlawed in Russia and many other countries. The group has seized large areas in Syria and Iraq and declared a caliphate under Sharia law there.


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