Stringer / Reuters - Iraqi security forces defend their headquarters against attacks by Islamic State extremists in eastern Ramadi in Anbar province, May 14, 2015, shortly before Islamic State militants raised their black flag over the city's provincial government compound.
Iraq after the fall of Ramadi: How to avoid another unraveling of Iraq
May 22, 2015,
Kenneth M. Pollack discusses the fall of Ramadi to Islamic State militants, describing it as an a politically alarming but militarily modest setback for Iraq and the United States. However, he argues that it is a warning that should be heeded, and calls for considerable American political and military assistance to prevent a deeper descent into chaos and civil war.