Members of Iraq’s elite counterterrorism service gather in the city of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province.
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Tribal fighters deployed in Ramadi Tuesday, a step toward providing the reconquered Iraqi city with a force both capable of preventing the return of Daesh (ISIS) and palatable to the local population.However, Sunni fighters from Anbar tribes opposed to the militants also officially belong to the group, which is nominally under Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's command.The most powerful groups in the Popular Mobilization forces played only a peripheral role in the Ramadi battle, as Abadi and the U.S.-led coalition wanted federal forces to regain confidence by spearheading the operation.As elite forces gradually move out of Ramadi to prepare for battles elsewhere in Anbar province, in northern Salahuddin or in Ninevah, a credible local force needs to take over.
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