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Iraq forces eye swift Ramadi fightback before IS digs in

Islamic State fighters patrol the Iraqi city of Ramadi, on May 18, 2015Iraq’s army and allied paramilitary forces massed around Ramadi on Tuesday, looking for swift action to recapture the city from the Islamic State group before it builds up defences. With his security strategy in tatters and his authority facing its biggest challenge since he took office eight months ago, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was looking for quick redemption. Abadi has “ordered the setting up of new defence lines in Ramadi, to reorganise and deploy the fighting troops”, his office said late Monday after he held talks with Iran’s visiting defence minister.

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