Bombs laid by Islamic State hamper Iraqi troops in Ramadi after victory




 
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Bombs laid by Islamic State hamper Iraqi troops in Ramadi after victory
 
January 10th, 2016  
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Bombs laid by Islamic State hamper Iraqi troops in Ramadi after victory
By Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants left Ramadi's streets and buildings boobytrapped with bombs, hampering efforts to rebuild the city two weeks after Iraq's elite counter-terrorism forces claimed victory against the militant group there, officials said. Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, was touted as the first major success for Iraq's army since it collapsed in the face of Islamic State's lightning advance across the country's north and west 18 months ago. The militants have been pushed to Ramadi's eastern suburbs, but almost all of the city, which was battered by U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State, remains off-limits to its nearly half a million displaced residents, most of whom fled before the army advance.




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