Ramadi Declared Liberated; 31 Killed, 100 Wounded in Iraq

The Iraqi Army declared victory over the Islamic State militants in Ramadi on Sunday, after a government complex had been retaken. The complex is being slowly secured due to fears of booby traps. Security forces say there could still be pockets of resistance in the city, but they do not expect any new fighting will take place.

Medical sources say that 93 security personnel were injured. At least five personnel are known to have been killed, but no official tallies of the fatalities were released. About 250 families escaped, but an unknown number were taken to be used as human shields. Dozens of militants are believed dead.

Security forces had spent weeks fighting around Ramadi. Encircling the city seems to have paid off, as the capture of the city itself only took a few days. Many blocks, however, have been reduced to rubble and it may be years before families will be willing to return.

At least 31 were killed and 100 were wounded:

In Baghdad, a bomb killed one person and wounded seven more in Amin.

In Qaim, 25 militants were killed.

Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for Antiwar.com since 2006.