Iraq security forces recaptured areas lost earlier to the Islamic State group in and around the battleground city of Ramadi, security officials said on Tuesday.

Police Major Omar al-Alawni said government forces regained control of the city’s Pediatric and Maternity Hospital and the surrounding neighborhood late Monday night after fierce clashes with the militants. The hospital is located about 500 meters from a complex of government offices.

Police Colonel Mahdi Abbas said Iraqi troops were engaged in intense clashes Tuesday in an offensive to regain control of Soufiya, one of three villages that fell into the hands of the Islamic State group last week. […]