Iraqi security forces recaptured a large part of the city of Ramadi from the Islamic State group Tuesday, officials said, scoring a significant breakthrough in their fightback against the jihadists.

Baghdad’s forces have been fighting for months to secure territory around Ramadi, the capital of the vast Anbar province, and retaking the Al-Tameem area on its southwestern side is an important step in the battle for the major city west of Baghdad.

Warplanes from the US-led coalition battling IS have backed them, carrying out more than 45 air strikes in the Ramadi area in the past week. […]