US military: Capture of Ramadi ‘inevitable’
A U.S. military spokesman says the capture of the Iraqi city of Ramadi by government troops is "inevitable", but Col. Steve Warren also says it’s going to be a "tough fight" that will "take some time."
Iraqi forces are reporting progress in their effort to retake the city from the Islamic State group. They say they’ve made the most significant incursion into Ramadi since it fell to the militants in May.
Losing Ramadi – the capital of sprawling western Anbar province and Iraq’s Sunni heartland – was a major blow to the Iraqi government. It was the government’s biggest defeat since Islamic State militants swept through areas in the country’s north and west, including Iraq’s second-largest city of Mosul, in the summer of 2014.
The U.S. military says American advisers are still in place outside Ramadi, at a desert air base that is serving as a training site.