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Ramadi takeover signals turning point for combating terrorism

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

12-30-2015 16:11 BJT

By Han Xudong, National Defense University

At midnight on Dec. 22, Iraq government forces attacked Ramadi,which was held by an Islamist extremist organization (ISIS). The Iraqi army's victory could spell a dramatic shift over anti-terrorism measures in the Middle East.


Ramadi is an important city located west of the capital city, Baghdad. In May, when ISIS controlled Ramadi, the Iraqi army suffered serious setbacks, and some predicted the ISIS would seize control of Iraq.

However, the takeover of Ramadi shows some peculiar characteristics. The United States and Russia have stepped up military strikes and achieved effective results. Although Washington started airstrikes last year, ISIS still occupied Ramadi, which reflected an unsuccessful containment approach.

Multi-national forces have increased strikes and aided Baghdad. Since Moscow mainly hit Islamist extremist forces in Syria, they are getting weaker. ISIS has suffered heavy casualties. Ramadi is a fort leading to the expressway of Syria and a water channel of the Euphrates River.

They recognize its strategic value. ISIS would have never surrendered, unless they had no other option. Extremist forces are adopting a strategic contraction to save strength. Baghdad has turned the tables. The Iraqi government has not taken a dominant position for a long time and was nearing the brink of collapse.

The takeover of Ramadi will be favorable for Baghdad and its northern region. Baghdad can win with dignity to obtain a stable domestic security situation. This will tip the balance in Iraq and become a turning point for the fight against terrorism in the Middle East.


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