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Ramadi 2003-2011

During the Iraq War from 2003 to 2011 the Iraq city of Ramadi in Anbar province was the location of fierce fighting - conducting principally by the U.S. Marines against Sunni insurgents.

Ramadi 2015

In May 2015 the Islamic State fighters captured Ramadi from government troops. Many residents suspected of being government sympathizers were killed by IS fighters and many residents fled to Baghdad and other locations. The capture of Ramadi was seen as a setback to the Iraqi government and U.S. strategic policy.

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May 2015. "Gallery: Battle of Ramadi nine years later". Army Times. In 2006 the U.S. forces along with Iraqi forces fought a big fight with the Sunni insurgents for Ramadi.

News Reports about Ramadi

May 31, 2015. "The Iraqi Army is too Exhausted to Fight". By Mitchell Prothero, Politico Magazine. The Iraqi Army units in Ramadi were not led by competent officers, did not receive adequate supplies of ammunition, food, and equipment, and did not receive the necessary air support from the U.S. led Coalition.

May 30, 2015. "Thousands Who Run, Few Who Fight: A Journalist on Ramadi's Fall". National Public Radio. News correspondent says the "Golden Division" - Iraqi Special Forces - is one of the few government units that actually fights well.

May 24, 2015. "U.S. Defense Chief: Iraqi Troops Turned Tail in Ramadi". Bloomberg. Although the Iraqi army forces vastly outnumbered the ISIS fighters during the Ramadi fight they still vacated their positions and demonstrated a lack of will to fight. Other critics say that Special Forces advisors and Joint Terminal Air Controllers (JTACs) need to be forward deployed with Iraq fighting units.

May 24, 2015. "Nine years on, Ramadi still matters to troops, vets, families". Army Times.

May 23, 2015. "Chaos in Iraqi forces contributed to Islamic State's biggest win this year". The Washington Post. The Iraqi government forces lacked coordination among the Iraqi Army, special operations forces, police, and Sunni tribesmen.

May 22, 2015. "Iraq after the fall of Ramadi: How to avoid another unraveling of Iraq". Brookings. The author, Kenneth Pollack, provides some recommendations to include arming of Sunni tribesmen and attaching U.S. advisors and JTACs to battalion-sized Iraqi government units.


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