Iraqi pro-government forces check a destroyed car reportedly belonging to fighters from ISIS in Amiriyah Fallujah, west of the capital Baghdad in the Anbar province, on May 5, 2016. AFP / MOADH AL-DULAIMI
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Iraqi security forces and allied fighters launched an operation Monday to retake the town of Al-Rutbah from ISIS, the military said.Special forces, soldiers, police, border guards and pro-government paramilitaries are involved in the operation to retake the Anbar province town, Iraq's Joint Operations Command said in a statement. Tanks and artillery are taking part in the operation, which is also backed by air support from Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, it said. Iraqi forces have since regained significant ground from the jihadists, securing the Al-Rutbah area earlier this year and retaking the town of Heet last month.
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