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Coalition carries out 31 airstrikes against IS in Iraq and Syria

Coalition forces hit so-called Islamic State militants with 31 airstrikes across Iraq and Syria yesterday, leaders said in a statement.

Eight cities were targeted in Iraq centred around Ramadi and Mosul, with 22 strikes hitting seven tactical units, two oil tanker trucks and a number of fighting positions, the Combined Joint Task Force statement said.

Meanwhile, nine strikes in Syria hit four militant tactical units and several fighting positions.


Iraqi military spokesman: Ramadi 'fully liberated'

Iraqi troops celebrate in Ramadi Credit: Reuters

Iraq's counter terrorism forces have raised the Iraqi flag over Ramadi and the city has been "fully liberated" from Islamic State fighters, according to an Iraqi military spokesman.

In a statement broadcast on state television, Brigadier General Yahya Rasool said: "Yes, the city of Ramadi has been liberated. The Iraqi counter terrorism forces have raised the Iraqi flag over the government complex in Anbar."

But security officials have said the forces still need to clear some pockets of insurgents in the city and its outskirts.

Iraqi forces 'take control' of IS stronghold in Ramadi

Iraqi security forces advanced towards the centre of Ramadi city in recent days Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

Iraqi forces have reportedly "taken control" of so-called Islamic State's last remaining stronghold in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi.

According to Reuters a military spokesman has confirmed that a government complex in the city has been regained by military troops.

Spokesman Sabah al-Numani said: "By controlling the complex this means that they have been defeated in Ramadi. The next step is to clear pockets that could exist here or there in the city.

"The complex is under our complete control, there is no presence whatsoever of Daesh fighters in the complex."

In recent days, the Iraqi Army has been concentrating its efforts on taking back the city, supported by airstrikes from the coalition led by the United States.

Iraqi forces surround so-called Islamic State in Ramadi

Smoke rises up from an airstrike on Ramadi city yesterday Credit: Reuters

An Iraqi military spokesman has said his country's forces have surrounded a complex of Government buildings in Ramadi city currently held by IS militants.

In recent days, the Iraqi Army has been concentrating its efforts on taking back the city, supported by airstrikes from the coalition led by the United States.

More details as we get them.


Iraqi forces launch attack to retake Ramadi from Islamic State

File photo: Iraqi security forces celebrate after clashes with Islamic State militants at the University of Anbar, Ramadi, in July. Credit: Reuters

Iraqi forces have begun an attack to retake the centre of Ramadi from self-styled Islamic State militants, a government spokesperson has told Reuters.

IS captured Ramadi, the capital of the western Anbar province in May.

Iraqi forces, supported by coalition airstrikes, have been battling around the city for several weeks.

Prior to the attack, aircraft dropped leaflets urging civilians to flee the city ahead of the fighting.

Turkey: 'Miscommunication' over Iraq troop deployments

Turkey says the troops were sent to train the Kurd and Iraqi forces who are fighting IS from Bashiqah, close to Mosul Credit: Reuters

Turkey has recognised a "miscommunication" with Iraq over its recent deployment of troops to the Bashiqa military base in northern Iraq, its foreign ministry has said.

In a statement the ministry said Turkey would continue to move some of its troops out of Iraq's Nineveh province, where they are currently based.

Ankara deployed a number of troops earlier this month, saying that the force was part of an international mission to train and equip Iraqi forces to fight the self-styled Islamic State.

Officials in Baghdad slammed the move, saying it had never invited such a force.

US: Coalition airstrike may have killed Iraqi soldiers

A soldier patrols past an Iraqi flag Credit: Reuters

At least 10 Iraqi soldiers may have been killed in an airstrike by the US-led coalition targeting Islamic State in Iraq, according to a US military statement.

After acting on information from Iraqi security forces on the ground near Fallujah, coalition forces conducted several air strikes against Islamic State and "initial reports indicate the possibility one of the strikes resulted in the death of Iraqi soldiers," the statement said.

"We will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the facts," it said.

"To the best of our knowledge, there have been no previous incidents of friendly fire in Iraq involving the Coalition during the course of Operation Inherent Resolve."

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