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Iraqi Military Confident to Retake Ramadi

05-20-2015
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Iraq's government is rallying Iranian-allied Shiite militia to join in the fight to retake the city of Ramadi from the Islamic State.

Iraqi military officials claim the liberation will not take long.

"It is a matter of a few days in which ideas, plans are put into place," Brig. Gen. Saad Maan, spokesman of Iraq's Joint Operations Command, said. "Preparations have reached final stages in all aspects. After this, we will carry out the liberation operation."

Shiite militias played a key role in driving Islamic State extremists from the northern city of Tikrit and other areas, raising hopes they can prove effective in Anbar too.

The militias have been widely criticized over accusations of being Iran's proxies and committing extra-judicial killings of Sunnis.

Hundreds of Iraqi forces and civilians were forced to flee Ramadi Monday, leaving millions of dollars of U.S.-made equipment in the hands of Islamic State jihadists.

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