Iraqis preparing to retake Ramadi, for real this time

Iraqi forces are prepared to begin a push into Ramadi months after it fell into the control of the Islamic State, a U.S. military spokesman said Tuesday.

Col. Steve Warren, a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, said Iraqi ground forces are encircling almost the entire city and have advanced about 15 kilometers, or about nine miles, in the last week.

"We now believe battlefield conditions are set for Iraqi forces to push into the city," he told reporters at the Pentagon via video teleconference from Baghdad.

To put it another way: If Ramadi was Washington, Iraqi forces would be in the outer suburbs, or near Falls Church, pushing their way to Arlington, Warren said.

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