US-led coalition unable to confirm retaking of Ramadi

US-led coalition unable to confirm if Iraqi troops have retaken a central DAESH-held compound in Ramadi

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A member from the Iraqi security forces holds an Iraqi flag in the city of Ramadi

Updated Dec 28, 2015

The US-led coalition fighting against DAESH is unable to confirm whether Iraqi security forces have recaptured Ramadi’s government center, a US defense official said on Sunday.

The Iraqi Army on Sunday said Iraqi forces had retaken the last DAESH hotbed in the city of Ramadi, which was captured by DAESH in May.

"We are unable to confirm at this time whether or not they have cleared the government center," a US military official said on condition of anonymity. 

The US-led coalition has been launching an aerial campaign against the terror group DAESH 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.

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