How Did Iraqi Forces Really Retake Ramadi From ISIS?

In the aftermath of ISIS’s defeat in Ramadi, there are two key questions. First, how much of the defeat can be attributed to the intervention of Shiite (Iranian-backed) militias? Second, if the Shiites weren’t dominant, does this mean the Iraqi Army is at least somewhat rejuvenated following its humiliating defeats in 2014 and 2015?

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    They probably bribed the ISIS fighters to give up the town in exchange for being allowed to escape unmolested.
    Rest assured, it was not due to the tenacity of your average Iraqi fighter or the competence of their leaders.

  • UCSPanther

    Even IF (and a big “If” at that) the Islamic State is on the wane, we still have groups like Al-Quada and the Taliban to contend with. They will doubtlessly be more aggressive, now that the Islamic State has considerably raised the bar in regards to terror against the West.