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FOX News: ISIS capture of Ramadi renews criticism over US troop pullout, airstrike strategy

The Islamic State’s capture of the Iraqi city of Ramadi is sparking renewed criticism of Obama administration policies in the region -- from the decision to withdraw virtually all U.S. troops in 2011 to the current anti-ISIS strategy that relies mostly on airstrikes.

The fall Sunday of Ramadi, just 70 miles from Baghdad, marks the second time in roughly a year that the extremist group has taken control of a major Iraqi city -- after the United States spent nearly eight years at war in the country.

The administration repeatedly has defended its strategy for halting the Islamic State’s deadly advances in Iraq and Syria but acknowledged on Monday that the Ramadi takeover was indeed a major loss.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 19, 2015

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