Iraqi official says the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists could be just hours away from taking the key Iraqi city of Ramadi, only 70 miles west of Baghdad.
CNN Falih Essawi, deputy head of the Anbar Provincial Council, said, “it’s unclear how much longer government troops can hold their front lines against the ISIS offensive.” The terrorist group’s offensive in Ramadi shows its resilience despite months of U.S.-led airstrikes and its recent defeat by Iraqi forces in the northern city of Tikrit.
Over the weekend, the militants seized control of areas north of Ramadi. Routes south of the city were taken some months ago. That leaves only areas to the west of Ramadi in the hands of government forces, but those positions are under threat, Essawi warned.
Islamic Jihadists linked to al-Qaeda seize major airport and oil terminal in southern Yemen.
EuroNews It comes as the country slides deeper into chaos, with Shiite Houthi rebels locked in fighting with pro-government forces backed by Saudi air strikes. The United Nations’ special envoy to Yemen even stepped down on Thursday after he failed to broker an end to the conflict. Al Qaeda fighters are said to have also seized Mukalla, the capital of Yemen’s largest province Hadramawt, as well the oil terminal of Ash Shihr.