Iraqi forces have moved into the center of Ramadi as part of a final push to retake the city from ISIS, the spokesman for Iraq's counterterrorism forces said Tuesday, NBC News reported.
Sabah Nua'man told NBC News that counterterrorism forces were able to cross the Euphrates River into the center of the city, backed by cover from the air, killing 12 ISIS fighters in the sudden assault.
ISIS took over Ramadi in May in an embarrassing defeat for Iraqi forces which raised questions from Defense Secretary Ashton Carter over whether Iraqis lacked the will to fight.
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Iraqi forces launched a push to retake Ramadi earlier this month.