Security forces defend their headquarters against attacks by ISIS extremists during sand storm in the eastern part of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, 115 kilometers (70 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, May 14, 2015.(AP Photo)
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ISIS raised their black flag over the local government compound in the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Friday and claimed victory through mosque loudspeakers after overrunning most of the western provincial capital.Fighting continued on Friday in parts of Ramadi, 100 km (60 miles) west of Baghdad, and government forces were still in control of a military command center to the west of the city -- the capital of Iraq's largest province.If Ramadi were to fall completely to ISIS it would be a strategic blow to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's government, only six weeks after the army and Shiite militias took the city of Tikrit from ISIS. Ramadi has been contested since last year but the insurgents renewed their offensive on the city in April, sending more than 130,000 people fleeing.
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