Islamic State takes Ramadi government center; government troops fleeing

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IRBIL, Iraq — The Islamic State on Friday took control of the provincial government center of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s largest province, in a major defeat for the Iraqi government. Islamic State forces launched a fierce assault of car bombs on Iraqi government security facilities overnight, and by late afternoon, their black flag was flying over the governor’s office. Security forces appeared to be in full flight as militants consolidated control over the area and prevented anyone from leaving the area. “Daash is now in full control of the central government compound of Ramadi and battles are now raging in the last…

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