Islamic State Ramps Up Assault on Ramadi

Fighting across Syria, Libya and Iraq continues with the region becoming more and more dangerous for those that live there.

In Iraq, the Islamic State has increased its assault on Ramadi a city located in the western part of the country. The radical militant group has launched a number of attacks using suicide bombs on a compound of the government.

The compound, said a council member of the Anbar province is within range of weapons used by IS and that the compound along with the rest of the city were in grave danger.

Reinforcements by the military were sent to Ramadi, but have not been sufficient to repel the attacks from the jihadists, warned the council member.

IS on Wednesday was able to capture three small outlying villages around the city. Nine people were reported killed by the militant group in Albu Ghanim, from where many civilians fled following the withdrawal of government security forces.

The website Rudaw, which is Kurdish, said four victims had been police officers.

Earlier in March, government forces dealt the Islamic State a huge blow through its recapturing of Tikrit, which was seized by the militant group back in June of last year.

Haider al-Abadi the Prime Minister of Iraq last week announced that they would be following the Tikrit victory with new military campaigns in the Anbar province, much of which currently is being controlled by the Islamic State, and in Baiji the town where the most important Iraqi oil refinery is located.

However, the Islamic Stated responded through the launching of offensives on its part on the Baiji refinery and Ramadi.

The United States military has estimated that the IS has lost as much as 30% of the territory it took in Iraq to the government forces since the air campaign by the U.S. led coalition started last August.

However, the radical militant group still has control of huge swathes of territory in the northern and western region of Iraq, including Mosul, Iraqi’s second city, which Abadi is hoping to recapture later in 2015.

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