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Iraq declares Ramadi liberated from Islamic State

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The Iraqi city of Ramadi has been “liberated” from so-called Islamic State, the Iraqi military has declared.

Spokesman Brig Gen Yahya Rasul said forces had achieved an “epic” victory. TV pictures showed troops raising the Iraqi flag over the government complex.

Some reports indicate there are still pockets of resistance in the city.

The BBC’s Thomas Fessy, in Ramadi, says the week-long battle against IS has destroyed the urban landscape.

Ramadi’s recapture marks a major reversal for the jihadist group. They seized it in May, in an embarrassing defeat for the army.

Iraqi government forces have been fighting to retake it for weeks.

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