The Iraqi city of Ramadi has been “liberated” from supposed Islamic State, a Iraqi infantry has declared.
Spokesman Brig Gen Yahya Rasul pronounced army had achieved an “epic” victory. TV cinema showed infantry lifting a Iraqi dwindle over a supervision complex.
Some reports prove there are still pockets of insurgency in a city.
Ramadi’s recapture would symbol a vital annulment for a jihadist group. They had seized it in May, in an annoying better for a army.
Iraqi supervision army had been fighting to retake it for weeks.
State radio showed cinema of soldiers in Ramadi banishment their guns in a atmosphere and publicly slaughtering a sheep in celebration
Troops had managed to constraint a supervision devalue on Sunday, flushing out or murdering Islamic State (IS) fighters and self-murder bombers who had been holding out in a buildings.
Brig Gen Majid al-Fatlawi of a army’s 8th multiplication told AFP that IS fighters had “planted some-more than 300 bomb inclination on a roads and in a buildings of a supervision complex”.
Despite a stipulation of victory, a conduct of infantry operations in Anbar, Gen Ismail al-Mahlawi, pronounced retreating IS militants still tranquil tools of a city, a Associated Press news group reported.
The operation to recapture Ramadi, about 55 miles (90km) west of Baghdad, began in early November.
It was corroborated by US-led bloc atmosphere strikes. But it done delayed progress, especially since a supervision chose not to use a absolute Shia-dominated paramilitary force that helped it recover a especially Sunni northern city of Tikrit, to equivocate augmenting narrow-minded tensions.
The US infantry called a recapture a “proud impulse for Iraq”.
It combined that “the bloc will continue to support a supervision of Iraq as they pierce brazen to make Ramadi protected for civilians to return”.