As Iraqi forces gathered for a major new offensive to try to take back the sprawling Sunni heartland of Anbar province, Islamic State militants struck first, unleashing a wave of suicide bombings that killed at least 17 soldiers.
Iraq has announced the launch of an operation to drive the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) out of the western Anbar province, where the extremists captured the provincial capital earlier this month.
Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she sees “no role whatsoever” for U.S. ground forces in Iraq despite setbacks in the struggle against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants.
The Islamic State group’s takeover of the provincial capital Ramadi is stark evidence that Iraqi forces lack the “will to fight,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a TV interview that aired Sunday.
The Syrian army is deploying troops in areas near the ancient town of Palmyra in apparent preparation for a counterattack to retake it from the Islamic State group, an official said.
Billionaire Donald Trump continues to tease a potential presidential run.
Bush also told those during a business roundtable at Pease International Tradeport that he will not hide from his family’s name.
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants searched door-to-door for policemen and pro-government fighters and threw bodies in the Euphrates River in a bloody purge Monday after capturing the strategic city of Ramadi.
Islamic State forces have captured the key Iraqi city of Ramadi after fierce fighting.
The White House calls the capture of the Iraqi city of Ramadi by Islamic State militants a “setback” and vows to help Iraqis reclaim it.