Iraqi forces retake bridge from IS

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Published: Friday 24th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Iraqi security forces have recaptured a key bridge from Islamic State militants in the city of Ramadi, officials say.

The forces recaptured the al-Houz bridge on the Euphrates river after fierce clashes with IS militants in the western section of Ramadi, the capital of western Anbar province, according to Colonel Mahadi Abbas.

Col Abbas said the bridge was controlled by IS for several months and served as the main route supply route for the insurgents.

The security situation in Ramadi sharply deteriorated after IS seized three villages around the city, forcing thousands of civilians to flee their homes.

In recent days Iraqi soldiers and police have been able to secure the centre of Ramadi and push the militants back from some areas of the city.

Published: Friday 24th April 2015 by The News Editor

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