Islamic State Completes Takeover of Town Near Base Used by U.S. (Alarming)
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10:27 PM MAWT
February 27, 2015
(Bloomberg) — Islamic State fighters have completed their takeover of the town of Al-Baghdadi in western Iraq, increasing the threat to a nearby airbase where U.S. advisers are stationed, a local official said.
The Iraq army unit protecting a residential compound in Al-Baghdadi, the military’s last position in the town, pulled out late on Thursday, Faleh al-Issawi, deputy chief of Anbar provincial council, said by phone. A group of Islamic State fighters entered, and efforts to dislodge them, including airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition, have failed, he said.
The Islamic State advance may leave the Ayn al-Assad airbase, where U.S. advisers are training local forces, more exposed to attack, al-Issawi said. A group of Islamic State militants, including several suicide bombers, were halted earlier this month when they tried to enter the base.
Al-Baghdadi is on the Euphrates river about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s largest province Anbar and a target for Islamic State as it seeks to tighten its grip on Sunni-majority areas of Iraq. Tribal leaders from the region were in Washington last month for talks on arming their fighters to combat the jihadists.
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(IraqiNews.com) The military spokesman for the volunteer fighters (also known as al-Hashd al-Sha’bi forces), Karim Nouri said on Thursday that entering Mosul will be “without resistance” after the liberation of Anbar and Salahuddin, considering the liberation of Fallujah is easier than expected. He denied the existence of a “conflict” with the Kurds about confronting the terrorist organization.
Nouri said in press statements followed by IraqiNews.com, “The battle of liberating the rest of Salahuddin will not be easy, and we cannot underestimate our enemy.”
Nouri added, “We will enter Mosul without resistance after liberating Anbar and Salahuddin,” pointing out that, “Liberating