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Iraqi forces appear close to retaking Ramadi from Islamic State

Iraqi forces appear close to retaking Ramadi from Islamic State

Government forces appeared close to capturing the capital of Iraq's largest province from the Islamic State on Monday, dealing a potentially significant blow to the militant group as it loses territory in both Iraq and Syria.

Soldiers and counterterrorism troops stormed into a sprawling government facility in Ramadi, driving the militants out of the area and effectively ending their seven-month occupation of the city, Iraqi officials said.

Television images showed the troops celebrating after their advance, which was aided by airstrikes from a U.S.-led coalition, by raising the Iraqi flag over the compound and slaughtering sheep inside of it.

The compound was more...

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