Shi'ite paramilitaries riding military vehicles travel from Lake Tharthar toward Ramadi to fight against Islamic state militants, west of Samarra, Iraq May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
Despite a fearsome reputation for inflicting savage violence on foes, ISIS militants have gone out of their way to try to win over residents of Iraq's Ramadi, providing basic services and governance, locals speaking to Reuters said.However, the lull is unlikely to last, with government security forces and Shiite paramilitaries already preparing to launch a counteroffensive to retake the city.ISIS reopened the municipality, and militants accompanied employees from the department of health to collect the bodies of unknown number of policemen and soldiers lying in the streets where they had died.They were buried in mass graves on the city's outskirts, while burned-out vehicles were towed away to a scrap yard in a rural area north of Ramadi.Following the surprise visit Wednesday by a senior ISIS figure, known as "the blind judge," fighters withdrew from the city streets, handing control to the Islamic morality police, or Hisba, multiple sources inside Ramadi said.ISIS fighters have warned residents not to venture outside the city because they say they have laid a web of bombs to hinder any incursion by government forces.In a setback to the militants, Iraqi troops and Shiite paramilitaries drove ISIS out of Tikrit in late March.However, Iraqi security expert Hisham al-Hashimi, who tracks the radical insurgents, said he did not expect ISIS to keep Ramadi for long as well-armed, opposing forces muster for an assault on the city.
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE