Washington is hailing Iraq's recapture of Ramadi from the Islamic State (IS, or ISIS) as a key step forward in the global battle against terror, but it may still be too early to celebrate.
Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, was seized by the militant organization in May. On Monday, Iraqi government forces finally declared victory after months of fighting, with televised images showing the Iraqi flag flying at a government complex.
U.S. defense secretary Ash Carter congratulated Iraq late on Monday, calling the Ramadi's recapture "a significant step forward in the campaign to defeat this barbaric group."
But not everyone is as optimistic.
"The capture of Ramadi isn't that much a strategic event in and of itself. The fight definitely isn't over yet," Sim Tack, director of analytical support and military analyst at Stratfor, told CNBC on Tuesday.