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Iraqi army close to completely liberating western Ramadi from Daesh

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Dec 7, IRNA -- Iraqi troops are ready to fully reclaim the western part of the central Iraqi city of Ramadi as part of a large-scale campaign to retake the capital of the Anbar province, an anti-terror commander said on Monday, according to Sputnik.

Lt. Gen. Abdul-Ghani Asadi estimated that up to 70 percent of the neighborhood's eight blocks in the city's Tamim district have been cleared of militants.

'We are closer to completely liberating the western part of the city and taking it under control,' Asadi said of the operation against Daesh, also known as ISIL.

He expressed hope in the army's ability to liberate eastern Ramadi shortly and establish control over 80 percent of the entire city.

Up to 10,000 Iraqi security forces are estimated to be taking part in the offensive to reclaim Ramadi with backing from the Shia Popular Mobilization Forces and Sunni Muslim tribal fighters.

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