Iraq Says Fully Recaptured Ramadi From ISIS

Thousands of improvised explosive devices remain in the war-torn Iraqi city.

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Iraqi security forces gesture from the top of a tank as they gather on the eastern fringes of Ramadi, Iraq, on February 8, 2016.
Iraqi security forces gesture from the top of a tank as they gather on the eastern fringes of Ramadi, Iraq, on February 8, 2016.Credit: Reuters

Iraqi security forces and the U.S.-led coalition say the government has regained full control of Ramadi after pushing Islamic State group fighters out of the city's outskirts.

The Interior Ministry said on Tuesday that a road linking Ramadi to the capital Baghdad is also back under government control.

Col. Steve Warren, a spokesman for the coalition, told The Associated Press that Iraqi security forces have control of the whole city but "untold thousands" of improvised explosive devices were left behind and the threat of militant attacks remained high.

The government pushed ISIS out of the center of Ramadi in December, but struggled to regain control of the city's outskirts.

Ramadi fell to ISIS in May 2015, the largest defeat for Iraq's military since Mosul fell in 2014.

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