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Marines at Al Taqaddum advise Iraqis behind Ramadi takeback effort

By Hope Hodge Seck, Staff writer 5:12 p.m. EDT July 16, 2015

The recent fall of Ramadi to marauding terrorists was a shocking setback to U.S. efforts to turn security over to Iraqi forces and it was a psychic blow to Marines who successfully fought to stabilize the notoriously violent Anbar province. But not quite two months later, Marine leaders on the ground say the momentum is rapidly shifting as better trained and newly inspired Iraqis are being sent back into the fight.

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