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Iraqi Troops Battle Militants in Ramadi

Image: Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces take their positions during clashes with the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the city of Ramadi.
Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces exchange fire during clashes with militants from the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in the city of Ramadi on Thursday. Reuters

A members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces fires his weapon during clashes with the al Qaeda-linked militants in the city of Ramadi on Thursday. While fighting between extremist Sunni militants and government forces continues in several pockets of Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) advance on Baghdad slowed Thursday, Iraq analysts told NBC News.