Iraq PM plants flag in Ramadi

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The Iraqi prime minister’s media office issues photos of him visiting Ramadi and planting the national flag after its recapture from IS militants. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Iraq PM plants flag in Ramadi

ROUGH CUT – NO REPORTER NARRATION

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi planted the national flag in Ramadi on Tuesday (December 29) after the army retook the city centre from Islamic State a day earlier, a victory that could help vindicate his strategy for rebuilding the military after stunning defeats.

Abadi’s media office issued a series of stills showing the event, one showing the prime minister crossing the floating bridge across the Euphrates which government troops used in the assault.

If the Anbar provincial capital can be fully secured and re-populated, it would be the first major success for the U.S.-trained force that fled 18 months ago as jihadist Islamic State militants surged through northern and western Iraq.

Security forces must still remove explosives planted in streets and buildings and clear out fighters in some densely built-up areas, and much of the infrastructure needs to be rebuilt.

The army’s apparent capture of Ramadi, in the Euphrates River valley west of Baghdad, marks a milestone for the forces, which crumbled when the hardline Sunni Muslim militants seized a third of Iraq in June 2014.

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