ISIS Seizes Govt Headquarters in Ramadi- the march forward
ISIS has seized control over Iraq’s provincial government headquarters in Ramadi. The move gives them nearly full control of the Provincial capital. They used multiple VBIEDs to launch their attacks, and then raised their signature black flag over the building as they continued to fight.
They gained control at around 2 pm local time. Police stated that the terrorists used an armored bulldozer to remove the blast walls, then blew up the vehicle when they got inside. They also packed a Humvee with explosives that targeted the Education Department. Another car bomb was detonated at the West entrance to the government building. Three other car bombs exploded near the Anbar Operations Command on the West side of the city.
Footsteps of terrorists
Meanwhile, coalition airstrikes were concentrated near the oil refinery at Baiji, as ISIS continued their attempt to take over the facility with daily attacks.
ISIS’ march across Iraq continues in spite of coalition airstrikes. As the airstrikes are centered near the Baiji refinery (a critical target) and fighting at Fallujah, it appears that ISIS is going to press onward regardless of losses. Though supplies were being dropped to the fighters there, Iraqi forces had not yet reached the refinery to reinforce those already in place.
Iraq claimed that one senior ISIS leader, Abu Alaa al-Afri, was reportedly killed in recent airstrikes, but that information has not been confirmed by US sources. If ISIS manages to completely take over Ramadi, they will be only 60 miles from Baghdad.
— News 24/7 (@News24_7Aus) May 15, 2015
ISIS has captured provincial government building in Ramadi, sources there say. http://t.co/Mabq3KeSs8
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) May 15, 2015
Iraq: ISIL raises black flag over local government building in Ramadi http://t.co/jzqHVrWDZ8
— euronews (@euronews) May 15, 2015
“Seizing the Ramadi government compound gives ISIS nearly full control over Anbar’s provincial capital.” http://t.co/QxzzUDqcia
— Arash Karami (@thekarami) May 15, 2015