Iraqi Victory Over ISIS in Ramadi Could Prove Pivotal

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Source: The New York Times

BAGHDAD — Breaking a seven-month occupation by the Islamic State, Iraqi troops on Monday retook most of Ramadi, the most populous city in western Iraq, overrunning a government compound held by the terrorist group at the city center and dealing a setback to its deadly grip on large parts of the country.

Iraqi soldiers continued to face stiff resistance by Islamic State fighters in several pockets, and their hold on Ramadi — achieved after a week of fierce fighting with help from American jets that pounded enemy positions — remained tenuous. In Washington, Pentagon officials warned that it would be premature to declare outright victory.

But if the government manages to hold Ramadi, it could prove pivotal to the efforts to beat back the Islamic State in Iraq and, ultimately, to reverse the group’s gains in Syria as well. The Obama administration is hoping that a victory in Ramadi could also help vindicate its strategy of relying largely on air power to aid Iraqi and other partners fighting on the ground.

The Ramadi campaign is the latest in a string of defeats for the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and its Arabic acronym, Daesh. The group has lost as much as 40 percent of the Iraqi territory it conquered last year.

Iraq’s prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, who announced the city’s“liberation” on Twitter on Monday night, has vowed to now focus on recapturing Mosul, a larger city in the north that the Islamic State seized in 2014.

The battle for Ramadi, which had proceeded in fits and starts since the summer, was waged partly by Sunni tribesmen whom American troops had trained to fight alongside the forces of the Shiite-dominated government. If it continues, such cooperation — a delicate alliance, given Iraq’s long history of sectarian violence — could help corrode the Islamic State’s claim to represent all of Sunni Islam.

In a televised speech on Monday night, Mr. Abadi extolled what he described as the cooperative effort of “different affiliations and religions and sects” among Iraqis in routing Islamic State fighters from Ramadi. “The year 2016 will be, God willing, the year of ending the presence of Daesh from the Iraq lands,” he said.

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  1. The residents of Ramadi have a ‘tired smile’ for the ‘liberation’. Reports from the city say that its buildings and infrastructure have been destroyed to around 80 per cent by the ‘liberation bombing’ by the Americans, the rockets by the Iraqi Army and the bombs and booby traps by the so-called ‘Islamic State’ (daesh). May Allah have mercy on them …

    Follow some of Allah’s laws and reject the rest will be punished severely QS 2;85.Millions innocent people have been suffering and killed, very sad, pity, heartbreaking and embarrassing. What is wrong with the peaceful religion today?

    Allah has warned in Al Holy Book as following;
    Only Muslim the one can solve this problem through the book of Allah.

    I strongly believe that based on God’s words, that as long as Muslim Scholars (Sunni and Shia) keep hating, and judging each other, there is no a permanent peace in Muslim communities from Indonesia to Negeria.

    Muslim scholars from both side should learn from the conflict between Catholic and protestant 700 years ago. NOW both sects of Christian can live in peace, harmony and dignity. The main key is that both sects have to accept the differences of faith and respect and love each other–LET GOD JUDGE PEOPLE FAITH.—It’s not for us to judge another man’s beliefs.

    Extremist Muslims strongly believe that the book of Hadiths sahih Muslim-Bukhari are the true Hadith. Those who does not believe that the book of Hadith is the true Hadith, will be accused infidel, blasphemy, hypocrite, etc.
    Whereas Allah and Prophet warn his followers in Al Quran;
    Do not believe in man, man can make a big mistake, believe in God’s laws only. QS 7:3-4 QS. 9:31.

    They have taken their priests and their scholars ( as idol ) for their Lords besides God Q S . 9:31, They believe scholar Muslim-Bukhari, fall into sinful syirk., the biggest sin in Islam.

    O humankind,) follow what has been sent down to you from your Lord, and do not follow any masters other than Him. 3 Little you heed to advice! (3) How many a town We have destroyed! Our punishment came upon them at night or when they were having a nap at midday. qs 7;3-4.

    we can see now the destruction of many cities in Iraq and Syria. We can not deny the fact.

    All citizen have to obey the existence authority, even you do not like or against your faith you have the right to protest peacefully.

    Everyone must obey the existing authorities, because no authority exists without God’s permission, and the existing authorities have been put there by God.Whoever opposes the existing authority opposes what God has ordered .Roman 13:1-2).
    O you who believe, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you.QS 4;59
    HADITS.Listen and obey your authority, though he struck your back and take your wealth force (Hr Muslim ).

    ( The Existing State authority can be Sunni,Shia,Christian,Jews, Hindu,Atheist etc has to be obeyed. no matter what )

    Those who plot evils ( to topple the authority), theirs will be severe torment. And the plotting of such will perish. QS 35;10.

    GOD CONDEMNS all armed REBELS that will cause destruction, and millions people suffered, homeless and died. That is why Allah condemns any kind of armed rebels ( Sunni,Shia, Christian,Jews etc ).

    Muslim Rebels from Sudan,Somali, Nigeria, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan,Pakistan, Moro and Chen Chen. These rebels want to create Islamic state and they impose their believe to others. God condemned the state of religion ( Haram ).

    May Allah guide all Leaders in Middle East to the right path of Islam, Amen

    Was Salam
    Wi all my love

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