Islamic State Tightens Grip on Captured Iraqi City

Islamic State fighters who overran Ramadi in a major defeat for the Iraqi government and its Western backers tightened their grip on the city, flying black flags on key buildings and setting free prisoners in a drive to win the support of local residents. After Ramadi fell on Sunday, Shi'ite militiamen in armored vehicles deployed to a nearby base in preparation for a counterattack to retake the city, which lies just 110 km (70 miles) northwest of Baghdad. Witnesses in Ramadi said Islamic State fighters had set up defensive positions and laid landmines.



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