ISIS controlled all of Ramadi today after the last Iraqi security forces pulled out from a key military base on the west side of the city, the mayor and a high-ranking security official said.
The violence marks the latest in the struggle for Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province.
The city is just a few miles from an Iraqi army headquarters that ISIS blew up in March and 70 miles west of Baghdad. Ramadi is strategically located in the middle of Iraq’s Sunni Muslim heartland, which is largely controlled by ISIS.
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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Tuesday that he fears the ongoing military intervention by Saudi Arabia in Yemen will lead to regional sectarian war, and he added that the Obama administration shares his concerns.
“I don’t want to speak for them, but I think we agreed on this,” Abadi said of his conversations Monday with President Obama, Vice President Biden and Secretary of State John F. Kerry. “They want to stop this conflict as soon as possible,” he said of the administration, but the Saudis “don’t want a cease-fire now.” FULL POST