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Iraqi forces retake Anbar University from ISIS, officials say

Iraqi officials in Iraq's western Anbar province say government forces have retaken Anbar University from the Islamic State militant group after hours of fierce clashes.

Athal al-Fahdawi, a provincial councilman, says that Iraqi troops are in full control of the university, located 3 miles south of Anbar's provincial capital, the militant-held city of Ramadi. He adds that a number of buildings in and around the university complex have been badly damaged or destroyed.

Another Anbar councilman, Faleh al-Issawi, tells The Associated Press that about two dozen Islamic State fighters were killed in the clashes. He declined to provide more details.

The Iraqi military launched a large scale operation this month to retake Anbar province, in which most of the biggest cities are held by the Islamic State group.