Iraqi soldiers stand in the Garma district of Anbar province west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, on May 19, 2015 as clashes continue with ISIS fighters. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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Ramadi fell to the militants Sunday in the most significant setback for Iraqi security forces in nearly a year, calling into question the U.S.-led strategy to "degrade and destroy" the Islamist group.The militants are now seeking to consolidate their gains in the surrounding province of Anbar by pushing east towards the Habbaniya base where Iraqi security forces and Shiite paramilitaries are massing. Habbaniya is one of only a few remaining pockets of government-held territory in Anbar, and lies between Ramadi and the town of Fallujah, which has been controlled by ISIS for more than a year.
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