Islamic State Strikes Back After Loss of Ramadi

Jan. 5, 2016 The Islamic State’s attempts to take the Iraqi town of Haditha indicate that its position in Iraq has not weakened, despite its retreat in Ramadi.

Briefing

|January 5, 2016

The Islamic State offensive against the Iraqi town of Haditha underscores Geopolitical Futures’ model that the transnational jihadist movement’s reversal in Ramadi is a tactical one. It further reinforces our view that IS behaves like a professional army, well-versed in the art of an orderly retreat in the face of overwhelming attacks. That it continues to sustain the pressure on Ramadi through suicide bombings and that it is going after Haditha highlights its capability to rapidly regroup and strike back. This situation speaks volumes about how difficult it will be to uproot IS from Iraq and the fallacy that IS has been defeated.

Reports, quoting residents and tribal militiamen, surfaced on Jan. 5 about an intense battle that has been raging in Haditha – the target of a major IS assault that began over the weekend. This fresh offensive comes within days of Iraqi forces taking Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s largest Sunni province, Anbar, from IS control. It is difficult to assess

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