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Ramadi slipping fast from Baghdad’s grip

BAGHDAD: Islamic State militants on Friday captured the main government compound in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s western Anbar province, raising their black flag over the facility and torching the police headquarters.
Ramadi’s Mayor Dalaf Al-Kubaisi said the militants raised their black flag over the compound — which houses provincial and municipal government offices — after troops were forced to withdraw during a complex attack in which six suicide car bombs killed at least 10 police. Dozens more were wounded, he said.
He said the IS militants, who also seized other parts of the city, are now attacking the Anbar Operation Command, the military headquarters for the province.
Anbar provincial councilman Taha Abdul-Ghani said the militants killed dozens more captured security forces in the city as well as their families, without providing an exact figure. He said Iraqi and coalition warplanes were bombing the militants inside the compound.

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