"Small people talk about people, average people talk about events, great people talk about ideas" Eleanor Roosevelt
From The Washington Post:
A column of traffic several vehicles wide snaked for miles at a checkpoint in Sadr al-Yusufiyah, on the edge of Baghdad province, as minibuses, cars and trucks picked up families who crossed by foot carrying their possessions in bags and wheelbarrows. Suhaib al-Rawi, the governor of Anbar province, of which Ramadi is the capital, described it as a human disaster on a scale the city has never witnessed.
U.S. and Iraqi officials have warned that the city is at risk of falling to the Islamic State despite seven months of airstrikes by U.S. planes in Anbar. Such a loss would be a serious blow to Iraq’s government, which recently announced a military campaign for the province after retaking the militant stronghold of Tikrit, and to the international effort to push back the militant group, whose gains in Ramadi have demonstrated an ability to create chaos even while under pressure.
Thousands of Iraqis flee as Islamic State makes gains in Sunni heartland - The Washington Post
On April 14,the BBC reported:
Islamic State (IS) has lost more than a quarter of its territory in Iraq since the US-led coalition air campaign began in August, a Pentagon spokesman says.
Iraq 'retakes over quarter of Islamic State territory' - BBC News
The differing accounts suggest a risk that the territorial situation remains fluid. Iraqi gains in some areas have occurred, but Iraqi losses have occurred in others. Moreover, even where gains have occurred, the issue of sustainability may exist. In short, ISIS continues to pose major risks in Iraq (as well as Syria). Much more remains to be done before the ISIS threat is significantly reduced.