Ramadi should not be seen as some strategic prize if it falls to Islamic fighters, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey said yesterday. The more important fight is in and around Baiji, where there is an important oil refinery.
Lubold’s story: “U.S. and Iraqi forces are working hard to protect Ramadi, once considered one of the most dangerous cities in which American forces fought eight years ago. Should Islamic State fighters take it over, the U.S. and Iraq should fight to get it back, but losing it would not be a strategic defeat for the Iraqis, he said.