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The capture of Ramadi last weekend by ISIS fighters is a significant setback for U.S. strategy in Iraq and shows that, nearly a year after the extremists overran Mosul, the U.S. still doesn't have a viable plan for protecting the country's Sunni areas.U.S. Central Command, or Centcom, offered bland reassurances in the hours before the lines buckled in Ramadi.Given that the ISIS drive to capture Ramadi has been predicted for weeks, why didn't U.S. and Iraqi planners reinforce the garrison there?What's worse, the Ramadi defeat showed that the cornerstone of U.S. strategy for Iraq – a Sunni tribal force that can work with the Iraqi military to clear and hold areas seized by ISIS – isn't in place yet.He said Sunni tribes would refuse to fight alongside Iranian-directed Shiite militias that are being sent to Anbar. And he predicted it would take "at least a year" to organize a force that could liberate Ramadi with support of the local Sunni population.The U.S. shouldn't abandon its strategy: This is still Iraq's war, not America's.
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