Key Iraqi city falls to Isis militants

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Key Iraqi city falls to Isis militants



Ramadi, a key city in central Iraq, fell to Islamic State militants on Sunday, May 17, as the Iraqi military retreated along with hundreds of police personnel and tribal fighters. The fall of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, represents a huge victory for ISIS and is also seen to have dealt a profound blow to Iraq’s US-backed government. The US military has been supporting the Iraqi forces through air strikes. In an attempt to win back control, Iraqi premier Haider al-Abadi has ordered Iranian-aligned Shiite militias to join the fight ignoring US concerns that their presence could spark sectarian bloodshed in the region.

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