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Islamic State tightens grip on captured Iraqi city

Islamic State tightens grip on captured Iraqi cityBAGHDAD: Islamic State fighters who overran Ramadi in a major defeat for the Iraqi government and its Western backers tightened their grip on the city, flying back flags on key buildings and setting free prisoners in a drive to win the support of local residents.After Ramadi fell on Sunday, Shi’ite militiamen in armored vehicles deployed to a nearby base in preparation for a counterattack to retake the city, which lies just 110 km (70 miles) northwest of Baghdad.Witnesses in Ramadi said Islamic State fighters had set up defensive positions and laid landmines.They were also going from house to house in search of members of the police and armed forces and said they would set up courts based on Islamic Sharia law.They released about 100 prisoners from the

Despite US strikes, IS advance in Syria, Iraq

BEIRUT  The Islamic State militant group has made several high-profile advances in recent days, despite a US-led air campaign against the movement in Syria and Iraq.Here are answers to some key questions about the group s progress and the international effort to stop them:


Q: Where has IS advanced recently?

A: On Sunday, Islamic State group fighters seized Ramadi, the capital of Iraq s largest province of Anbar, in their biggest victory since a major offensive in Iraq last summer.The group has also

Obama’s first tweet gets a million followers

WEBDESK: The President of the United States sent three tweets from his first ever Twitter account and attracted 1.65million followers within a few hours.This is not the first time Obama has tweeted. He has occasionally signed tweets from the @WhiteHouse account (6.2 million followers) with his initials, “-bo” and also has used @BarackObama (59 million followers), an account run by Organizing for Action, Obama’s former campaign team.But the @POTUS account will be “a new way for President Obama to engage directly with the American people, with tweets coming exclusively from him,” said Alex Wall, a social media strategist with the White House, in a blog post.Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign relied heavily on social media.

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