A spokesperson for the Iraqi Governor of Anbar Province has announced that the city of Ramadi has fallen to the Islamic State after bitter fighting and a barrage of airstrikes. The battle for the city was intense throughout the weekend, culminating in Sunday's events.
BREAKING: Governor's spokesman in Iraq's Anbar province says 'Ramadi has fallen' to Islamic State group— The Associated Press (@AP) May 17, 2015
In the end, the Iraqi military was forced to flee the city, according to a report from the AP.
The Islamic State group seized control of the city of Ramadi on Sunday, sending Iraqi forces racing out of the city in a major loss despite the support of U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the extremists.
Online video showed Humvees, trucks and other equipment purportedly speeding out of Ramadi, with some soldiers gripping onto their sides.