December 28, 2015
Release # 20151228-04
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Iraq — Iraqi military leaders announced today Iraqi Security Forces
seized the Government Center in Ramadi from Da'esh (the Arabic acronym
for the Islamic State).
The Coalition congratulates the Iraqi
Security Forces for its success in Ramadi. The ISF operations to reach
the center of Ramadi are a significant milestone on the path to clear
Da'esh from the historic city and the overall campaign to defeat the
terrorist group across Iraq.
"The Iraqi Security Forces,
including the Counter-Terrorism Service, the Iraqi Army, the Iraqi Air
Force, the federal and local police, and the tribal fighters, have
demonstrated their resolve in the fight for Ramadi," said Lt. Gen. Sean
MacFarland, commander of the Combined Joint Task Force supporting Iraqi
security operations. "I also want to commend the thousands of troops of
the Coalition who have made this success possible through relentless
strikes against Da'esh, training and equipping support to the Iraqi
Security Forces, and advice and assistance provided to Iraqi security
leaders. This success belongs to them as well, and we will all work
together to defeat our common enemy."
Coalition support to
operations in Ramadi include more than 600 strikes focused against
Da'esh targets in and around Ramadi, training and equipping of multiple
elements of the Iraqi Security Forces, providing specialized engineering
equipment to clear improvised explosives devices, and providing advice
and assistance at multiple Iraqi headquarters.