The power vacuum being filled by Islamic State.
ISIS claim they have taken full control of Iraqi city of Ramadi after security forces flee following series of suicide car bombings
The effective loss of the capital of Iraq’s largest province (shown on map) will mark one of Baghdad’s worst setbacks since it began a nationwide offensive last year to reclaim territory lost to ISIS
- Online message purporting to be from ISIS said the city had been claimed
- Spokesman for Anbar province said ‘Ramadi had fallen’ to the terror group
- Officials said four bombings targeted officers, killing 10 and wounding 15
- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had ordered his security forces not to abandon their positions
ISIS has taken full control of the Iraqi city of Ramadi after days of continuous bloody fighting and a series of suicide car bombs which have left more than 500 people dead.
This afternoon, a message purporting to be from the terror group said militants had sealed its capture of the embattled city after a dramatic pullout by Iraqi forces following the bombings.
The post, published on a militant website frequently used by ISIS, said the jihadists had ‘purged’ the city, home to more than 500,000 people, including the 8th Brigade army base and tanks and missile launchers left behind by fleeing soldiers.