Iraqi Forces Take Back City Of Ramadi In Huge Blow To ISIS Militants
Iraqi forces have claimed that they have taken the key city of Ramadi back from the so-called Islamic State.
The city, 80 miles west of Baghdad, has been held by the terrorist group since May, but government troops made significant advances in recent weeks.
Militants were removed from a government complex yesterday, their final stronghold in Ramadi, and Iraqi officials have now claimed victory.
Speaking to Reuters a spokesperson for the force which freed Ramadi from ISIS control said the city will now be swept to remove any remaining elements from the terrorist group.
Sabah al-Numani said:
By controlling the complex this means that they have been defeated in Ramadi”
The next step is to clear pockets that could exist here or there in the city
The complex is under our complete control, there is no presence whatsoever of Daesh fighters in the complex.”
However there have been reports that fleeing jihadists have set booby traps across the city, and that their removal cannot yet be entirely confirmed.
Propaganda is key to both sides in the ongoing war against extremists in Iraq and Syria, so it is not completely surprising that contradictions have emerged so shortly after a government victory claimed.