An Iraqi military vehicle drives in the city of Ramadi, December 27, 2015. Picture taken December 27, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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Iraqi forces swept the devastated streets of Ramadi for bombs Monday, after recapturing the city they lost in May and clinching a major victory against ISIS.Iraqis celebrated in the streets of several cities late Sunday and officials congratulated the federal forces on their biggest victory since ISIS overran large parts of the country last year.ISIS had an estimated force of around 400 fighters to defend central Ramadi a week ago.The U.S.-led coalition praised the performance of the Iraqi forces in retaking Ramadi, an operation in which it played a significant role, training local forces, arming them and carrying out what it said were 600 airstrikes since July.Iraq's defense minister, Khaled al-Obeidi, said a week ago that Iraqi forces had reconquered more than half of the territory lost to ISIS in June and August 2014 .The Iraq army collapsed when ISIS attacked Mosul in June 2014 and swept across Iraq's Sunni Arab heartland virtually unopposed.
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