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Daily Mail: Prepare for the Battle of Baghdad: ISIS have Iraqi capital surrounded and 'utter carnage' could ensue within weeks after taking key city of Ramadi 60 miles away, warn experts

* WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
* ISIS has 'surrounded' Iraqi capital and wants 'all-out war' with militia there
* Battle between terror group and Shia fighters there would be 'utter carnage'
* Islamic State seized strategic city of Ramadi just 60 miles west of Baghdad
* Also fighting security forces to the north and 'has supporters around city'

ISIS could march on the Iraqi city of Baghdad within the next month – and spark a bloody sectarian battle with Shi'ite militias stationed there – after capturing the city of Ramadi which is only 60 miles west of it, experts have said.

Mutilated bodies scatter the streets of Ramadi, the 'Gateway of Baghdad', where Islamic State slaughtered around 500 and forced over 8,000 to flee their homes over the last few days, as they conquered the town.

Shi'ite fighters have already launched a counter-offensive to retake the town and this plays straight into Islamic State's grand plan to spark all-out war in the region, according to the Middle East director of counter-terrorism think-tank RUSI.


WNU Editor: The same people who said that the Islamic State was on the defensive are the same people who are now saying that Baghdad would be a "bridge too far" for the Islamic State. What I find disturbing about the fall of Ramadi was that it was the "best" Iraqi forces who were sent to defend the city .... and they failed miserably. If they fled .... aside from the Iranian backed Shiite militias .... who is now really defending the city of Baghdad?

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