The TV did not elaborate on al-Abadi's visit today to the Anbar provincial capital but an Iraqi commander, Brig. Gen. Ahmed al-Belawi, told 'The Associated Press' that the Prime Minister kicked off his tour with meetings with security and provincial officials.

Ramadi fell to the Islamic State group in May, marking a major setback for Iraqi forces and the US-led campaign. Yesterday, Iraqi forces, backed by US-led airstrikes, drove IS militants out of the city center and raised the Iraqi flag over the government complex there. But military officials said insurgents were still holed up in various pockets of the city.

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