Iraqi forces declare key victory over ISIL in Ramadi
Dec 28, Baghdad: The Iraqi forces have declared that say they have taken over a key government complex in Ramadi on Sunday, after driving out fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.
Iraqi authorities now control at least 60 percent of Ramadi, although ISIL fighters were putting up fierce resistance, planting roadside bombs and deploying suicide bombers, media reports said.
Spokesman Brig Gen Yahya Rasul said forces had achieved an "epic" victory, adding the Iraqi flag had been raised over the government complex there.
The ISIL group had seized the complex in May. The city's recapture is seen as a major reversal for the jihadist group.
Iraqi government forces had been fighting to retake it for weeks.
The military said remaining IS militants have headed out to the north-east of Ramadi.
The operation to recapture Ramadi, about 55 miles (90km) west of Baghdad, began in early November.
The operation reportedly involved American special forces and left Hussein Umari Assafi, an ISIL commander, dead, but US officials denied any role.
The Oslo Times