Iraqi forces secure an area near the Grand Mosque in central Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, on January 8, 2016, after retaking the city from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists. AFP PHOTO / STR
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ISIS militants left Ramadi's streets and buildings booby trapped with bombs, hampering efforts to rebuild the city two weeks after Iraq's elite counter-terrorism forces claimed victory against the militant group there, officials said.Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, was touted as the first major success for Iraq's army since it collapsed in the face of ISIS' lightning advance across the country's north and west 18 months ago.Iraqi forces withdrew from Ramadi in May last year, allowing ISIS to take control, the group's biggest gain since sweeping across the Syrian border a year earlier and declaring it was establishing a caliphate.After Ramadi, there remains the bigger challenge of Mosul, 400 km (250 miles) north of Baghdad. As many as 3,200 ISIS fighters are there, more than three times the number that held Ramadi, according to the coalition.
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