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ISIS har hatt slik fremgang i Anbar-provinsen at irakerne ber USA om bakkestyrker. I helgen måtte amerikanske Apache-helikoptre trå til for å forhindre at ISIS inntok Bagdads internasjonale flyplass.

Den kan ikke USA tillate at faller.

Prinsippet om at USA ikke vil tillate bakkestyrker blir utfordret av realitetene.

Anbar-provinsen er sunnienes kjerneområde.

Fremstøtet mot Bagdad kommer som en overraskelse. Noen begynner å tro at angrepet på Kobani er en avledningsmanøvre. Det virkelige målet er Bagdad.

Amid reports that Isil forces have advanced as far as Abu Ghraib, a town that is effectively a suburb of Baghdad, a senior governor claimed up to 10,000 fighters from the movement were now poised to assault the capital.

The warning came from Sabah al-Karhout, president of the provisional council of Anbar Province, the vast desert province to the west of Baghdad that has now largely fallen under jihadist control.

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Government forces in the provincial capital Ramadi were holding out against the Isil offensive on Saturday, but US officials have warned that the city was in a “tenuous” position.

“I think it’s fragile there now,” said one senior US defence official, speaking to the AFP news agency. “They are being resupplied and they’re holding their own, but it’s tough and challenging.”

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/islamic-state/11156264/Iraq-asks-for-US-ground-troops-as-Isil-threaten-Baghdad.html