The US-led coalition said on Wednesday that about 700 DAESH terrorists are suspected to be hiding in the centre and eastern outskirts of Ramadi, days after Iraqi forces declared victory over the terrorists in the western city.
Ramadi was finally recaptured on Monday, the fall of which in May was considered a strategic failure for both the Iraqi Army and the US-led coalition battling the terrorist group.
The coalition said that much of the centre of the Anbar provincial capital still needs to be cleared of explosives planted by the terrorists who took control of the city in May, delaying the return of tens of thousands of residents who fled to Baghdad and other cities across the country.
"Within what we call central Ramadi they estimate up to 400 DAESH terrorists and then once you go east of that toward Falluja you've got about 300 out there in that direction." US Army Captain Chance McCraw, a military intelligence officer with the US-led coalition, told reporters in Baghdad.
On Sunday, a US defense official said that the US-led coalition fighting against DAESH is unable to confirm whether Iraqi security forces have recaptured Ramadi’s government centre.
The US-led coalition has been launching an aerial campaign against DAESH terror group in Syria and Iraq since September 2014. The United States, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are taking part in the coalition.
The terrorist group controls large swathes of territory from western Iraqi to northeastern Syria.