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U.S. and Iraqi officials cast Ramadi as proof that coalition training efforts have paid off and the Iraqi military has improved since its catastrophic collapse in the summer of 2014. But some analysts say the fight that wrested the city from the Islamic State group highlights the military's lingering shortcomings and isn't a model for trying to retake Mosul. (Associated Press)

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American military personnel have been in Iraq’s historically dangerous Anbar province, but only to help train the Iraqi military for its fight against the Islamic State group. Anbar resonates with many Americans because they recall how costly the fighting was there for U.S. troops. (AP Photo)

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In this Monday, June 9, 2014, image taken from video obtained from the Iraqi military, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, military soldiers prepare to take their positions during clashes with militants in the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. (AP Photo/Iraqi Military via AP video)

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Signs of American influence on the Iraqi military - including U.S.-made M-16 assault rifles - are unmistakable. Years of training hopefully have given them the skills needed to defend their country and the professionalism to do it differently than Saddam Hussein's forces did. (Associated Press)