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BAGHDAD, May 22 (Reuters) - Islamic state fighters pressed an advance east of Ramadi on Friday after breaching Iraqi defenses outside the city the insurgents overran last weekend in a major defeat for the Baghdad government. The fall of Ramadi is the most significant setback for Iraqi forces in almost a year and has cast doubt on the effectiveness of U.S. strategy in helping Iraq to fight Islamic State. While pro-government forces are seeking to retake the town, Islamic State fighters have been pushing forward in the direction of Fallujah in a bid to take more territory in Anbar province that would bring them closer to the Iraqi capital.
Amir al-Fahdawi, a leader of the pro-government Sunni tribal force in the area, said the militants were now around 5 km (3 miles) from the town of Khalidiya next to the Habbaniya military base where security forces and members of the Hashid Shaabi (Popular Mobilization) Shi'ite militia are massing. "We are running short of arms and ammunition and we appealed yesterday for reinforcements. Zero additional troops plus zero ammunition back-up lead to zero morale for our fighters," Fahdawi told Reuters. "Today we retreated to Siddiqiya and I'm not sure if my fighters will hold up for much longer: they are tired and broken." Hundreds of people were fleeing as the militants drew closer, Anbar provincial council member Azzal Obaid told Reuters. Obaid said the insurgents were exploiting low morale among the security forces, and that the only way to stop them would be to deploy Shi'ite paramilitaries in large numbers.
originally posted by: khnum
I think,its bizarre every conflict up to now you would get imbeded feel good stories but this time the sound of crickets nothing zip dada
And bring all their leaders to trial if not killed
Send ISIS members to international prison
Iraq: Kick the US out…invite Russia and Iran in!
The Iraqis should invite Russia in and Iran in full force and offer them access to all that oil wealth and together exterminate ISIS for good.
If America doesn’t want to go along then Iraq should just say: get the f___ out.
I tell you who else will sh__ in their pants if this happens and that is those sinister dogs in the Gulf States, those rich pigs in Saudi, Qatar, the Emirates who have been surreptitiously supporting ISIS all along.... Along with Turkey with their delusional president ErDOG)gan who thinks he's a modern day Sultan.
In addition to that invite Syria in this alliance and defend them against the sinister plot by the west to destroy it within the overall plot to destroy and destabilize 7 ME countries.
originally posted by: tothetenthpower
a reply to: Willtell
China has been working on deals with ME and African countries for years now.
Expect to see some Chinese bases pop up in those areas. That will surely make the US and it's NATO allies worried.