The Iraqi air force dropped thousands of leaflets on the Iraqi city of Ramadi yesterday, warning of airstrikes as part of the army’s attempts to reclaim the city. The leaflets told residents to leave Ramadi through a safe zone that had been created southeast of the city near al-Humayrah. Ramadi is the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, the main province of Iraqi Sunnis, and was captured by Islamic State forces back in May. Since then, the government has been trying to retake the city, but its efforts have constantly been stalled as a result of arguments between the Shia-dominated Iraqi army and Shiite militias, as well as an inability to dislodge IS from its positions, which the group has been fortifying for months. It appears now that Iraqi forces are finally in a position to take back Ramadi, but taking control of the city is little more than a morale boost at this point. Moreover, recovering the city is far easier than controlling it.
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