In a clear illustration of perseverance and power that may well serve as a prelude to future victories, Iraqi government forces retook central parts of the key city of Ramadi today (December 28, 2015) from Islamic State (IS) militants, according to the USA Today website.
The announcement by Iraq's military spokesman, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, was broadcast live on state TV. He said Ramadi had been "grabbed from the hateful claws" of the Islamic State.
The operation's success was confirmed by the Pentagon.
"We congratulate the Iraqi Security Forces for their continued success against ISIL in Ramadi," said Army Col. Steve Warren, the top spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition in Baghdad.