A man walks past a damaged building in town of Hit, near Ramadi (file photo/Reuters)
Islamic State has captured three villages near the Iraqi provincial capital of Ramadi and is feared to be closing in on the city.
The militant group took the villages of Sjariyah, Albu-Ghanim and Soufiya, in Anbar province, which had been under government control, residents said.
It represents a setback for government forces, which two weeks ago were able to regain control of Tikrit.
Residents of the villages told the AP news agency fighting was taking place on the eastern edges of Ramadi, about 2km away from a local government building.
In Soufiya, the militants bombed a police station and took over a power plant…