Laying siege to a city is one of the oldest forms of battle. Usually, a siege occurs when all exits from and all entrances to a city are controlled by an army, leaving the defending army under siege. ISIS has been using this type of warfare often and with great success. They have laid siege to many towns in their apparent quest to create an Islamic state.
But, according to the New York Post, a group of ISIS fighters may have done themselves in with their latest attempt to control the Iraqi city of Ramadi. They completely destroyed every entrance and exit into Ramadi, leaving them without a way of escape. They destroyed a lock that served as a bridge over the Euphrates River, and it was the last remaining bridge from the city’s center leading to the Northwest.
As reported by the Post, Colonel Steve Warren of the U.S. Coalition in Iraq said, “What they’ve also done now is they’ve really cut themselves off.” He added: “So the fighters left on the north side of the river can’t retreat and the fighters on the south side of the river can’t send reinforcements.” Now, an estimated 300 ISIS fighters are trapped inside the city.
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There are reports that the ISIS fighters continue to blow up infrastructure inside Ramadi. And an estimated four to six thousand residents still remain inside the city. Officials say that of that number, only small groups have been able to flee the city.
Coalition forces have reported that their combined efforts with the Iraqi military and Sunni fighters have resulted in progress against the Islamic State forces. A spokesman for the Anbar province, Mohammed Haimour, said that the Sunnis “didn’t feel like they had enough support from the coalition and the central government, but all of that changed a few months ago.” Now, there are 8500 fighters who are armed and are receiving salaries to fight ISIS.