Coalition planes pound ISIS in Iraq's Ramadi to aid attack, TV says




 
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Coalition planes pound ISIS in Iraq's Ramadi to aid attack, TV says
 
December 24th, 2015  
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Topic: Coalition planes pound ISIS in Iraq's Ramadi to aid attack, TV says


Coalition planes pound ISIS in Iraq's Ramadi to aid attack, TV says
Coalition air forces pounded positions held by Islamic State in Ramadi on Thursday, Iraqi military statements said, in support of government troops seeking to retake the western Iraqi city and push on to drive the militants from key population centers. Warplanes from the US-led coalition carried out 27 strikes against insurgent position in the last district they hold in the center of the Sunni Muslim city, which lies on the river Euphrates some 100 km (60 miles) west of Baghdad, according to a military statement on state TV.The long-awaited drive to dislodge the militants from Ramadi, the loss of which in May dealt a blow to government efforts to root out Islamic State, started early on Tuesday. Army commanders said on Wednesday the battle would take several days.If captured, Ramadi will be the second major city after Tikrit to be retaken from Islamic State in Iraq.




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