Iraq says operation to retake Anbar province underway

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 13, 2015 3:47 AM

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi troops backed by mainly Shi'ite Muslim militias launched military operations on Monday to recapture the country's largest province Anbar from Islamic State militants, a military statement broadcast on state television said.

The announcement of the offensive comes two months after Islamic State militants seized Anbar's capital Ramadi, extending their control over the Sunni Muslim province west of Baghdad.

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(Reporting by Dominic Evans)