January 20, 2016 19:40 IST

Ramadi's scorched earth

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Ramadi has been touted as the first major success for Iraq's U.S.-backed army since it collapsed in the face of ISIS, but the scorched-earth battlefield tactics used by both sides mean the prize is a shattered ruin. Credit: Reuters
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Ramadi has been touted as the first major success for Iraq's U.S.-backed army since it collapsed in the face of ISIS, but the scorched-earth battlefield tactics used by both sides mean the prize is a shattered ruin. Credit: Reuters
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Ramadi has been touted as the first major success for Iraq's U.S.-backed army since it collapsed in the face of ISIS, but the scorched-earth battlefield tactics used by both sides mean the prize is a shattered ruin. Credit: Reuters
4 of 5 Ramadi's scorched earth,Ramadi,Iraq,ISIS,scorched-earth
Ramadi has been touted as the first major success for Iraq's U.S.-backed army since it collapsed in the face of ISIS, but the scorched-earth battlefield tactics used by both sides mean the prize is a shattered ruin. Credit: Reuters
5 of 5 Ramadi's scorched earth,Ramadi,Iraq,ISIS,scorched-earth
Ramadi has been touted as the first major success for Iraq's U.S.-backed army since it collapsed in the face of ISIS, but the scorched-earth battlefield tactics used by both sides mean the prize is a shattered ruin. Credit: Reuters