Iraqi forces held off a jihadi assault on the government headquarters in the capital of Anbar province, deploying reinforcements in the key battleground against ISIS, officers said Thursday.

Security forces, backed by tribesmen, managed to defend the complex in Ramadi, which lies 100 km west of the Iraqi capital and is one of the last major urban areas in Anbar under Baghdad’s control.

The attack by ISIS fighters on Ramadi, as well as clashes in the northern province of Kirkuk, follow gains made elsewhere by government forces battling to recapture ground from the Sunni extremists. […]