Iraq's elite counter-terrorism forces enter downtown of Hit, west of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, April 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Osama Sami)
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Iraq's counter-terrorism forces backed by U.S.-led coalition air strikes reached the centre of the western town of Hit, dislodging ISIS militants and evacuating thousands of civilians, state television said Friday.The recapture of Hit, strategically located on the Euphrates River near Ain al-Asad air base where several hundred U.S. forces are training Iraqi army troops, would roll back ISIS further west towards the Syrian border.The counter-terrorism forces, which have led the military's offensive in Anbar for months, helped more than 10,000 civilians leave Hit in recent days, the commanders said.
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