Security forces supported by tribes take position to fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in Ramadi, Iraq, on October 17, 2014. (Stringer - Anadolu Agency)
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Iraqi security forces battled ISIS jihadists Friday in the strategic city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, and near militant-held Tikrit to the north, officials said.Deputy provincial council chief Faleh al-Essawi said security forces had attacked ISIS jihadists in three different areas of Ramadi Friday and repelled an assault by the militants from the city's north.A police major said an ISIS attack from the western side of Ramadi had also been held off by security forces and allied tribesmen.Essawi reiterated that foreign support would be needed to retake Ramadi, and said Iraqi forces could not do it on their own.
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