Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi (L) shakes hands with a Sunni tribesman at Camp Habbaniyah, in the eastern city of Ramadi April 8, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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The Iraqi government has announced that its next battle against ISIS is retaking Anbar province, but analysts say entrenched jihadis and limited Iraqi forces put a full reconquest out of reach for now.Anbar is by far Iraq's largest province, shares a border with ISIS-held territory in Syria and has historically been a difficult area to control.Jihadi fighters had a presence in Anbar long before the June 2014 offensive that saw the government lose a third of the country to ISIS.After recapturing Tikrit, some expected government and allied forces to continue their push toward Mosul, which is Iraq's second city and ISIS' main hub.Its capital is the city of Ramadi, while the jihadis hold all of the city of Fallujah, which lies between it and Baghdad.A military official from the U.S.-led coalition battling ISIS said Iraqi forces were likely to stick to very specific objectives in a province where thousands of government fighters have perished since 2014 .
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