Members of Iraq's elite counterterrorism service use their military vehicles to patrol on December 29, 2015 the city of Ramadi. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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Tribal fighters deployed in Ramadi Tuesday, a step towards providing the reconquered Iraqi city with a force both capable of preventing the extremists' return and palatable to the local population.However, Sunni fighters from Anbar tribes opposed to the extremists also officially belong to the group, which is nominally under Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's command.The provincial headquarters had been the epicenter of the fighting since Iraqi forces punched through ISIS defenses a week ago to cap a months-long operation to retake Ramadi.The loss of Ramadi to ISIS in May was a huge blow to Baghdad's war on the extremists, and exposed the continued weakness of security forces that had nearly collapsed when ISIS swept through the country in 2014 .
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