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US taking 'hard look' at Iraq strategy after Ramadi fall

Iraqi security forces stand guard as residents from the city of Ramadi, who fled their homes as Islamic State group militants tightened their siege wait to cross Bzeibez bridge on May 20, 2015Washington conceded Wednesday it is taking a “hard look” at its Iraq strategy after the fall of Ramadi, sending in anti-tank weapons to battle car bombs and working to shore up dispirited Iraqi forces. After days of denying that the weekend capture of the Iraqi town by the Islamic State (IS) group was forcing a policy rethink, a top US official said since Sunday’s “significant setback” the US had been focused solely on winning back Ramadi. The Islamic State group’s seizure of Ramadi, the first major city to fall to IS since the US and its coalition partners launched air strikes last August, was a painful blow to the US-led war against the jihadists.

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