In Iraq, soldiers of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) took the Iraqi city of Ramadi on May 20. The Iraqi army, with the cooperation of the Popular Mobilisation, a Shia militia group, counterattacked IS, taking back some neighboring towns and cutting off some supply routes. Air strikes from the United Kingdom and the US also targeted IS forces in the area.
West of Baghdad, Ramadi is on the Euphrates. Fallujah, held by IS since January 2014, lies between the two cities.
On May 22 in the central region of Syria, IS took the city of Tadmur and the adjacent, ancient Roman... CONTINUE READING »