Iraqi army in Ramadi

Is Ramadi the model for defeating IS in Iraq?

The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) raised their national flag over the Anbar provincial government headquarters in Ramadi on 28 December, marking the return of government troops to the centre of the city after many weeks of intense fighting.

The self-styled Islamic State (IS) is now limited to hideouts in Sufia, the rural district to the north-east of the city, and in small “stay-behind” locations within the ruined urban centre.

There will be ongoing IS harassment in the city, including occasional suicide car bombings and spectacular raids to disrupt stabilisation, but the jihadist group is unlikely to fully control the city again in the manner it has since May 2015.

  • tom_billesley

    The model for defeating IS is the same as for any vermin …. trap and kill.
    Chasing them out is no solution.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The Independent newspaper wrote that ISIS had to be outnumbered 30:1 for 8 months to get kicked out of Ramadi and the Iraqis themselves say Ramadi is still 30-40% controlled by ISIS.