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Ramadi: IS suicide car bombs target Iraqi troops

Iraqi troops retook Ramadi's city centre on Monday [AFP]

Date of publication: 2 January, 2016

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IS has launched several suicide attacks against Iraqi government forces in Ramadi days after they took the city centre from the militant group.

Iraq's military says Islamic State group militants have launched suicide attacks in the western city of Ramadi days after troops drove them out of the city centre.

Brig. Gen. Ahmed al-Belawi told The Associated Press on Saturday that the militants struck security forces the day before with seven suicide car bombs in two areas on the city's outskirts.

Belawi said there were casualties among the government troops, but could not provide a specific figure. He said the troops repelled the attacks and did not lose territory.

Ramadi, the provincial capital of sprawling Anbar province, fell to IS in May, marking a major setback for US-backed Iraqi forces.

Iraqi troops retook the city centre on Monday, but insurgents are still holed up in parts of the city.

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