Iraq’s armed forces stormed the center of Ramadi to try to dislodge Islamic State militants who’ve held the strategically important city since May, Reuters said Tuesday. The number of ISIS fighters entrenched in the Anbar province capital is estimated at between 250 and 300. An Iraqi counterterrorism official said the operation began last month by cutting off supply lines to the city, whose fall to the terror group was considered a major defeat for Iraq’s central government. A successful operation would be a major psychological boost to Iraqi security forces after ISIS seized one-third of the country last year.
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