The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist network continued its merciless rampage on Sunday night by taking complete possession of the Iraqi city of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province. Iraqi security forces retreated from their posts leaving thousands of civilians, including Christians and Shiites, in danger and defenseless, an Israeli police source told the Examiner on Sunday night.
President Barack Obama during the week had expressed his hopeful anticipation that the Iraqi security forces — many of whom were trained as police commandos by U.S. advisers following the American-led invasion — that ISIS would be repelled from taking Ramadi. But now U.S. officials downplaying the significance of Ramadi, claiming they weren’t concerned about that city. The Pentagon’s Cmdr. Elissa Smith claimed on Sunday that U.S. officials already expected the battles in Anbar province, including Ramadi, would be long and hard.
The Israeli source, who requested anonymity, told Examiner that the military units stationed in their headquarters pulled out leaving the jihadists to take complete control of the headquarters plus access to weapons and ammunition left behind.
The ISIS fighters allegedly “clobbered Iraqi security forces and allied Sunni tribal militias” in northern Ramadi on Sunday, and managed to take full control of the city after the troops withdrew from the headquarters. ISIS fighters also rounded up hundreds of families who would not or could not make their escape.
The ISIS jihadists have been perpetrating terrorist attacks in Ramadi since Thursday night by using car bombs and IEDs (improvised explosive devices) in the city. On Friday, the ISIS fighters expanded their tactics in the city and took control of the government installations on Saturday.
Also on Saturday, the terrorist hordes continued assault on the city by carrying out attacks through suicide car bombings. Despite the arrival of reinforcements in Ramadi to support the security forces and allied militias, ISIS appeared to have gained the momentum and appeared unstoppable, said the Examiner’s source.
The security situation in Iraq has drastically deteriorated since last June, when bloody clashes broke out between Iraqi security forces and the ISIS fighters, including close to 2,000 so-called foreign fighters. Those fighters include radicalized Muslims from Britain, France, the United States and other western nations.
Meanwhile, presidential hopeful, Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wisconsin, on Sunday slammed President Obama and his former secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, claiming that between them they have left the world “in worse shape than they found it.” Walker told host Bob Schieffer on CBS TV’s Face the Nation, “Just about everywhere that Hillary Clinton has played a role with this president, under President Obama, that part of the world is largely a failure, a mess, because of what we’ve seen from Obama and Clinton.”
Jim Kouri, CPP, the fifth Vice President and Public Information Officer of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, has served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. This article originally appeared in the Examiner and is reprinted by permission of the author.