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Iraqi troops hoist the national flag over a government building in Ramadi, a day after declaring that the western city had been liberated from Islamic State. Rough Cut (no reporter narration) Subtitled

Iraqi flag flies over Ramadi

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STORY: Iraqi soldiers hoisted the national flag over a government building in Ramadi on Monday (December 28), a day after declaring that the western city had been liberated from Islamic State.

The capture of the capital of Anbar province in the Euphrates River marks a major milestone for the U.S.-trained Iraqi forces. The army had crumbled when Islamic State fighters charged into Iraq in June 2014.

In previous battles since then, Iraq’s armed forces operated mainly in a supporting role beside Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias.

Footage showed heavily armed Iraqi forces walking towards a government building complex in Ramadi.

Armored military tanks were also seen driving through the area.

Iraqi forces flew the national flag above the main government complex as they declared they had recaptured the city.

The battle against Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq has drawn in most global and regional powers, often with competing allies on the ground in multi-sided civil wars.

Members of Islamic State, also known by the acronym ISIS, are ultra-hardline Sunnis who consider all Shi’ite Muslims to be apostates.

They swept through northern and western Iraq in June 2014 and declared a “caliphate” to rule over all Muslims from territory in both Iraq and Syria, carrying out mass killings and imposing a draconian form of Sunni Islam.

Ramadi is the only city to fall under Islamic State control since Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi took office in September 2014, after the jihadists’ lightning advance across the north and west of the country.

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