Iraqi Shi’a militias significantly escalated their confrontation with the U.S.
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Rival Shi’a political factions are capitalizing on increased instability in Basra to compete for influence.
The ISF made significant gains in Ramadi in December, clearing much of the city center and recapturing the government complex on December 28.
The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) reportedly recaptured the government complex in central Ramadi on December 28 after clearing ISIS-held areas south of the complex on December 26 and 27.
The ISF began a major operation to penetrate central Ramadi on December 22, 2015. An element lead by the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) entered Ramadi from al-Humaira area south of Ramadi into the city’s southern neighborhoods. A separate CTS force entered from Ta’mim area southwest of Ramadi into al-Haouz neighborhood in southern Ramadi using a pontoon bridge, as all of Ramadi’s bridges have been heavily damaged.