Iraq's counter-terrorism forces has liberated the city of Ramadi from ISIS 42812153

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Iraq's counter-terrorism forces has liberated the city of Ramadi from ISIS
The Iraqi city of Ramadi has been "liberated" from Isis militants, according to a military spokesman. Iraq's counter-terrorism forces raised the Iraqi flag above the central government complex in the western city, a day after the army declared victory over Isis fighters there
Iraq s counter terrorism forces has liberated the city of Ramadi from ISIS 640 001Iraqi security forces raise an Iraqi flag near the provincial council building in central Ramadi. Photograph: Osama Sami/AP

“Yes, the city of Ramadi has been liberated. The Iraqi counter terrorism forces have raised the Iraqi flag over the government complex in Anbar”, joint operations spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasool said in a statement broadcast on state television.

Iraqi forces claimed the huge victory earlier, saying they had regained “full control” of central Ramadi.

US-trained troops regained control of a former strategic government complex in the centre of the majority Sunni city, about 55 miles west of Baghdad.

"By controlling the complex this means that we have defeated them in Ramadi," said Sabah al-Numani, a spokesman for the army counterterrorism unit in charge of the offensive. "The next step is to clear pockets that could exist here or there in the city."

This victory reversed the embarrassing defeat to Isis when Ramadi was captured in May and deprives the militants of their biggest prize of 2015.

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