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'Terrible Day,' as Iraq Says City of Ramadi Falls to ISIS

2015-05-18 08:38:57       source:ABC News

May 17, 2015

'One day after the United States announced the killing of a top ISIS financier, Iraqi officials said the terror group has claimed a victory of its own, seizing the provincial Iraqi capital of Ramadi.

"The city has fallen," Muhannad Haimor, a spokesman for the governor of Anbar province, told the New York Times on Sunday. Haimor claimed the fighting left over 500 dead, including the 3-year-old daughter of one of the Iraqi soldiers. There are reports from the region that Iraqi Security Forces have fled the city.

"It is a terrible day," one senior U.S. official who closely tracks developments in Iraq told ABC News. "In some areas executions are being carried out by ISIS on captured Iraqi forces, Iraqi police and tribal fighters."'

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