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Ramadi goverment compound overthrown by IS group

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AP photo Tikrit Battle Iraq
A volunteer fighter with a Shiite militant group known as ‘Jihad Brigades’ fires his weapon March 21 during clashes with Islamic State group militants, outside Tikrit, Iraq.

The Associated Press 10:20 a.m. EDT May 15, 2015

BAGHDAD — An Iraqi official says Islamic State militants have captured the main government compound in Ramadi, the capital of the western Anbar province, after fierce clashes with security forces.

Ramadi’s Mayor Dalaf al-Kubaisi says the militants raised the black flag of the IS group over the area on Friday after troops were forced to withdraw from the compound, which houses most of the city’s government offices.

He says the IS militants are now attacking the Anbar Operation Command, the military headquarters for the province.

U.S. troops saw some of the heaviest fighting of the eight-year Iraq intervention in Anbar, and Ramadi was a major insurgent stronghold.

The IS assault on the government compound began with three nearly simultaneous suicide car bombings that killed 10 police and wounded seven others.

 

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