Iraqi military officials say Sunni tribal fighters are helping hold territory in Ramadi after the army largely pushed Islamic State militants out of the key city west of Baghdad.
Small pockets of resistance remain in Ramadi after Iraqi forces backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes spent the past week on an intensified offensive that led to the recapture of the main government complex and a visit Tuesday from Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
A spokesman for the coalition, U.S. Col. Steve Warren, said Tuesday there were 150-250 Islamic State fighters left, down from a high of up to 1,000. He said there had been more than 600 airstrikes around Ramadi during the past six months. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS ONLINE