Monday 18 May 2015

Key Iraqi City Of Ramadi Falls To Islamic State

The Iraqi city of Ramadi has been captured by Islamic State after days of intense fighting and bombings by the terror group, officials say.

"Ramadi has fallen," said Muhannad Haimour, spokesman for the governor of Anbar province.
"The city was completely taken ... It was a gradual deterioration. The military is fleeing."
He also confirmed the provincial command centre in the city had fallen into enemy hands.
A colonel among troops who had withdrawn added: "Daesh has just taken full control of all main security bases", using an Arabic acronym for IS.
But Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered government forces to "hold their positions".
He called on troops, tribesmen and other elite forces to push the militants out of Ramadi.

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