THE AMBIGUOUS BATTLE OF RAMADI
Iraqi forces have retaken a former government compound in Ramadi from where Islamic State (ISIS) group militants have been resisting an army offensive, the military spokesman, Sabah al-Numani has said on Sunday 12/27/2015. The complex was “under complete control” and there was no sign of IS fighters, a spokesman said although he admitted there could be pockets of resistance. In 08/2015 the Iraqi Army failed to recapture Ramadi and teow of its Generals were killed by ISIS suicide car bombers. It also appeared that Iraqi Army’s official announcement are, too often, a wishful thinking than facts.
Indeed US was unable to determine at this time whether Iraqi security forces have cleared Ramadi’s government center, a US defense official said .
The mainly Sunni Arab city, about 55 miles (90km) west of Baghdad, fell to ISIS in 05/2015, and was seen as an embarrassing defeat for the army.
In recent days, troops have been picking their way through booby-trapped streets and buildings as they pushed towards the city centre, seizing several districts on the way.
After sniper fire from the compound stopped and aerial surveillance detected no human activity, Iraqi soldiers moved in.
There had been no clear indications of the number of I.S.I.S militants who had been defending the city, although some reports put it at about 400. No official toll of Iraqi army casualties has been given.
State television broadcast footage of troops, Humvee vehicles and tanks advancing through Ramadi streets amid piles of rubble and collapsed houses. Some districts appeared to have been completely destroyed by the advance.
Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi said the army will move soon to retake the northern city – and that it would be the biggest prize .
A. The battle of Ramadi, as well as the battle of Tikrit in 03/2015, left those two towns in total destruction, without most of their population who fled to Sunni controlled regions or to Europe, The destruction and demolition Iraq is facing ahead is in unimaginable scale.
B. .Eventually, although ISIS withdrew from Ramadi, at least partially. its forces suffered only minor damage .
C. Giving the situation in and around Damascus the main achievement of the Iraqi Army is to remove the direct threat to Baghdad simultaneously to the removal of the pressure on Syria’s capital Damascus. It has a significant symbolic meaning for ISIS as both Damascus and Baghdad were capitals of the Islamic Caliphates in the early days of Islam. Both has symbolic meaning in revival the dream of the Islamic Caliphate .
D. It is difficult for Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other Sunni countries “to swallow” the recent achievements of Shiite affiliated regimes, related to Iran and backed by Russian in Syria and by USA in Iraq. It is most likely that Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Emirates will continue to keep the oil prices as low as possible to cripple Russia & Iran’s economies, depended so much on oil prices.
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