Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, May 21, 2015. REUTERS/Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool
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ISIS militants overran Iraqi government defenses east of the city of Ramadi Thursday, police and pro-government tribal fighters said.The defensive line was breached at Husaiba, about 10 km from the city, Thursday afternoon after ISIS fighters intensified mortar and rocket fire. U.S. President Barack Obama described the loss of the key Iraqi territory as a tactical setback, while insisting the war against ISIS is not being lost.Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Thursday urged the Russian leadership to boost its involvement in the fight against ISIS, with Moscow pledging to supply weapons.Abadi is on a diplomatic drive to rally support for tackling ISIS, traveling to Washington last month where he asked President Barack Obama to step up a U.S.-led air campaign against the jihadis and boost defense aid.
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