After weeks of fighting for control of Ramadi, Iraqi government forces say they have retaken the city from the Islamic State, declaring a victory in Anbar's provincial capital. A victory, but Iraqi forces also say that there are some pockets of ISIS resistance in the city that have to be dealt with.
Iraq's army says it's finally defeated Islamic State fighters in Ramadi. Government forces had encircled this provincial capital west of Baghdad for weeks and last week they made a final push to seize the central administration complex.
A spokesman for the Iraqi force leading the charge says the next step it to clear pockets of IS resistance that may still exist... but that government control of the complex effectively means a victory over IS in Ramadi.
The militants captured the city in mainly Sunni-Muslim Anbar province in May. The army's apparent defeat of IS deprives the militants of their biggest prize of 2015. It's also the first major victory for the U.S.-trained Iraqi force in some 18 months ... when it simply collapsed in the face of the Islamic State assault.