Photos show members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces engaged in firefights with militants from the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) in the city of Ramadi.

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Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces fire their weapons during clashes with the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) in the city of RamadiReuters

Government forces and allied tribal militiamen have been trying since late December to dislodge militants from Ramadi and nearby Fallujah.

Much of the city is in ruins after months of shelling by Iraqi government troops.

Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces engage in a firefight with the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) in Ramadi
Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces engage in a firefight with the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) in RamadiReuters
A member of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces fires through a hole in a wall during clashes with Isis militants
A member of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces fires through a hole in a wall during clashes with Isis militantsReuters
Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces take up positions during clashes with Isis militants
Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces take up positions during clashes with Isis militantsReuters
Damaged buildings are seen in the city of Ramadi after months of fighting between Iraqi government forces and militants
Damaged buildings are seen in the city of Ramadi after months of fighting between Iraqi government forces and militantsReuters
Al-Qaeda-linked fighters seized parts of Ramadi in late December
Al-Qaeda-linked fighters seized parts of Ramadi in late DecemberReuters
Government forces and allied tribal militiamen have been trying since late December to dislodge militants from Ramadi
Government forces and allied tribal militiamen have been trying since late December to dislodge militants from RamadiReuters
Tanks belonging to Iraqi security forces are seen in the city of Ramadi
Tanks belonging to Iraqi security forces are seen in the city of RamadiReuters
Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces take their positions during clashes with Isis in Ramadi
Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces take their positions during clashes with Isis in RamadiReuters