(DAILY MAIL UK) – ISIS have left the government complex in Ramadi, the last stronghold of the militants in the Iraqi city, after days of fighting Iraqi special forces.
All ISIS fighters have reportedly retreated from the compound, raising hope that government forces will be able to retake the city, which was captured by the jihadist group in May.
Recapturing Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar, would be one of the most significant victories for Iraq's armed forces since ISIS swept across a third of the country in 2014.
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"All Daesh (ISIS) fighters have left. There is no resistance," Sabah al-Numan, spokesman of Iraq's elite counter-terrorism service, said Sunday.
"Our forces have surrounded the government complex. They are checking all entrances and surrounding buildings before moving in. We're seeing lots of Daesh bodies, killed in the air strikes on the compound.
"The operation is almost wrapped up. Our forces will enter in the coming hours," Numan added.