Civilians flee to a safe area with help from Iraqi security forces in Ramadi city, December 31, 2015. Picture taken December 31, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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Terrified families emerge from rubble after battle of RamadiTerrified families waved white flags as they emerged from homes reduced to rubble in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, where government troops were still battling ISIS holed up on Friday, five days after the army recaptured the city center. Another man told Reuters television that the fighters had killed seven people who refused to come with them to another district where they were making a stand.The victory in Ramadi, which was captured by ISIS fighters in May, was by far the biggest success for Iraq's army since it fled in the face of the fighters' lightning advance across a third of Iraq in 2014, abandoning its American amour.Previous battles were fought with the army playing a supporting role behind Iranian-backed Shi'ite militia fighters, although this risked alienating Sunni Muslim residents in ISIS-held areas.Some 4 million people have fled ISIS-held territory in Iraq, most of them Sunni Muslims.
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