Sunni tribesmen take part in military training, as they prepare to fight against ISIS militants, on the outskirt of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, November 16, 2014. REUTERS/Ali al-Mashhadani
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Iraqi forces held off a jihadi assault on the government headquarters in the capital of Anbar province, deploying reinforcements in the key battleground against ISIS, officers said Thursday.Security forces, backed by tribesmen, managed to defend the complex in Ramadi, which lies 100 kilometers west of the Iraqi capital and is one of the last major urban areas in Anbar under Baghdad's control.Daraji said that more than 10 airstrikes were carried out against the jihadists in Al-Hoz, an area from which security forces had pulled back, allowing the jihadists to advance to within striking distance of the key government buildings.Security forces have repeatedly assaulted Tikrit and each time failed, while the battle for Ramadi is still being fought some 11 months after it began.Earlier this week, Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime carried out airstrikes on Raqqa, a provincial capital seized by ISIS, killing at least 95 people, more than half of them civilians, the Observatory said.
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