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Old 05-26-2015, 04:32 AM   #1
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Story highlights Asa'ad al-Yassiri was shot in the battle for Ramadi, which has been overrun by ISIS The Iraqi soldiers have the will to fight, he says; he blames military leadership for key city's fall His contingent was among the last to withdraw from Ramadi after an ISIS offensive. He's ...
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Iraq takin' back Ramadi from ISIS...

Iraq: Military making progress in fight for Ramadi
Dec 28,`15 -- Iraqi military forces on Monday retook a strategic government complex in the city of Ramadi from Islamic State militants who have occupied the city since May.
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Military spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool initially announced that Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, had been "fully liberated."


Iraqi Security forces with national flag enter downtown Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015. Islamic State fighters are putting up a tough fight in the militant-held city of Ramadi, slowing down the advance of Iraqi forces, Gen. Ismail al-Mahlawi, head of the Anbar military operations, said Sunday.

But Gen. Ismail al-Mahlawi, head of military operations in Anbar, quickly clarified that government forces had only retaken a strategic government complex and that parts of the city remained under IS control. IS fighters have retreated from about 70 percent of city, but still control the rest and government forces still don't fully control many of the districts from which the IS fighters have retreated.

The Iraqi military launched a long-promised campaign to retake the city, located about 130 kilometers (80 miles) west of Baghdad, last week. Their progress had been hampered by snipers, booby traps and the destruction by IS militants of all bridges leading into Ramadi.

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Iraqi forces take 'full control' of Islamic State's Ramadi headquarters
Sunday 27th December, 2015 -- Iraqi security forces have taken control of a former government compound in Ramadi that the Islamic State used as a headquarters.
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"The government compound is under our full control," Col. Mohammed Ibrahim, spokesman for Iraq's Joint Operations Command, told CNN. "This does not mean we have entered the compound. It means it is fully surrounded and fully under our control." Ibrahim said that although there may be pockets of resistance, most Islamic State fighters fled or were killed due to the ongoing airstrikes and ground combat, BBC News reports. The Iraqi government is planning to hold a flag-raising ceremony at the recaptured government compound on Monday, anticipating taking full control of Ramadi soon.

There has been no official death toll estimate released on the fight for Ramadi, but reports indicate about 400 Islamic State militants were in the city at one point. Iraqi troops in recent weeks have been working to recapture Ramadi since IS forces seized the city in May. Security forces earlier this month captured areas of northern and western Ramadi, including the al-Aramil and al-Tameen districts, as well as the Palestine Bridge and Anbar Operations Center.


The Iraqi government and its allies in the U.S. coalition and Iran-trained Hashid Shaabi are fighting continued offensives to regain territories lost to IS forces that spilled over from Syria last year, particularly in the Anbar, Saladin and Nineveh provinces. Iraqi forces have throughout the year conducted two phases of an offensive in the Saladin province, capturing the provincial capital, Tikrit, in April, and the city of Baiji and its surrounding areas in recent months.

The most significant IS-held city in Iraq is Mosul, capital of the Nineveh province, where Iraqi Peshmerga forces have played a prominent role on the ground against IS militants. The Peshmerga, supported by coalition airstrikes, captured the city of Sinjar last month, cutting off a major road linking Mosul to IS territories in Syria.

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ISIS destroys Mashqi Gate of Nineveh near Mosul...

Islamic State destroys gates of Nineveh near Mosul
April 13, 2016 -- The Islamic State destroyed a 2,000-year-old ancient structure near the Iraqi city of Mosul called the Mashqi Gate, also known as the Gate of God.
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The Mashqi Gate in the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh dated back to the 7th century B.C. during the rule of Sennacherib, former king of Assyria. Nineveh was once one of the largest cities in the world and is referenced in the Bible.

The Islamic State reportedly used military equipment to destroy the gate. A source from the British Institute for the Study of Iraq confirmed to The Independent that the gate had been attacked.


The militant Islamist group has made a habit of razing and destroying cities, and ancient cultural icons in the territories it acquires. In the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria, the Islamic State immediately began demolishing ancient ruins considered among the world's most treasured when it seized control in May last year.

The iconic Temple of Bel, the Arch of Triumph and the Temple of Baalshamin were among structures destroyed by the group identified as a terrorist organization by the United States. The Iraqi government is in the midst of carrying out a long-term offensive to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State.

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