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U.S. air strikes kill 350 ISIS fighters in Iraq

A member of Iraq's counter-terrorism forces flashes the V sign for victory in the al-Tameem district of Ramadi, Iraq, on Wednesday. Iraqi forces were able to retake a large part of the city. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images

A member of Iraq’s counter-terrorism forces flashes the V sign for victory in the al-Tameem district of Ramadi, Iraq, on Wednesday. Iraqi forces were able to retake a large part of the city. 

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military says air strikes over the past week have killed about 350 Islamic State fighters in the Iraqi city of Ramadi — and that may have reduced by half the number of fighters defending the city.

ISIS took Ramadi seven months ago.

Col. Steve Warren, a spokesman for the U.S. military in Baghdad, told reporters at the Pentagon that despite these losses, ISIS defenders still hold much of central Ramadi.

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Iraqi government forces are advancing slowly because they face booby traps and mines, Warren said.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Iraqi progress in retaking Ramadi has been “disappointingly slow.” He declining to predict how long the fight will last, but says he has no doubt Ramadi will fall.

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