Breaking Now: Ramadi, Iraq falls to JV ISIS – Obama plays Golf – ISIS is a synonym for Al Qaida (you know, the ones on the run.) Ramadi is 68 Miles west of Baghdad.
This from USA Today:
Iraqi forces withdrew from the provincial capital of Ramadi on Sunday in a major setback that let the key city fall to Islamic State militants, Anbar province officials said.
“Ramadi has fallen,” a spokesman for Iraq’s Anbar province, Muhannad Haimour, said Sunday, adding that the military’s operational command in the city was also taken.
Ramadi is the latest battleground in the Iraqi government’s efforts to drive out Islamic State militants from areas the militants seized last year. With the help of U.S.-led airstrikes, the Iraqi forces and Kurdish fighters had made gains against the Islamic State elsewhere in the country, including re-capturing the northern city of Tikrit.
Iraq’s Ramadi falls to ISIS after army deserts city
The western Iraqi city of Ramadi on Sunday fell to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), after the militants relentlessly bombarded the capital of the Anbar province with suicide bombers, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.
Ramadi fell after the Iraqi army deserted the city, the channel added, in a withdrawal echoing the military’s shock departure from Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul in June last year.
ISIS also claimed to hold the entire city but Iraqi officials disagreed with each other over whether Ramadi had fallen.
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ISIS takes control of Ramadi, Iraqi troops flee
All the officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren’t authorized to talk to journalists.
The new setback came only a day after Baghdad’s decision to send reinforcements to help its battered forces in Ramadi.
Al-Abadi’s comments were carried on state television, which did not elaborate on the situation in Ramadi or elsewhere in Anbar province. Iraqi warplanes also launched airstrikes on ISIS positions inside Ramadi on Sunday, the Iraqi Defence Ministry said, without elaborating.
Later, the military issued a statement also calling on its forces not to abandon Anbar province.
“Victory will be in the side of Iraq because Iraq is defending its freedom and dignity,” the military said. It did not offer any details about the ongoing fighting.
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