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IS takeover of Ramadi a 'setback': US military

Image grab from video uploaded on May 18, 2015 by Aamaq News Agency, allegedly shows IS fighters in a street of Ramadi, the Iraqi capital of Anbar province, a day after it was captured by ISThe US military said Monday the fall of Ramadi to the Islamic State group was “a setback” but vowed the Iraqi government backed by American air power would eventually seize back control of the western city. This is a difficult, complex, bloody fight,” Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters. A senior officer in the US military command overseeing the anti-IS war effort in Iraq and Syria last week insisted the jihadists remained “on the defensive,” even as the Iraqi army’s defenses were crumbling in Ramadi.

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