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Battle for Iraq: BBC finds military retreat in Anbar

Anbar - Iraq's biggest province - has seen some of the deadliest fighting against Islamic State (IS), with more than half a million people forced from their homes.

It is a vital supply route for the militants in Syria, and leads all the way to the outskirts of Baghdad.

At its heart is the once secure Ain al-Asad airbase, where Iraqi troops have been losing ground. If it falls, it will be a major victory for IS.

Journalists have been unable to reach Anbar since the IS swept through the province - but BBC Middle East Correspondent Quentin Sommerville and cameraman Tim Facey travelled to the airbase for this exclusive report.

  • 19 Dec 2014
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