Iraqi army launches operation in Ramadi
Iraqi army launches operation in Ramadi

The Iraqi army launched a major operation today on the crisis-hit city of Ramadi, swathes of which have for weeks been controlled by anti-government fighters.

Military spokesman "Mohammed al-Askari" told state television that troops were backed by helicopter cover and imposed a ban on movement within the city.

A police lieutenant colonel in Ramadi city, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the operation had begun.

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