ISIS Fighters Seized Advantage in Iraq Attack by Striking During Sandstorm

by ERIC SCHMITT and HELENE COOPER | The New York Times  |  published on May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Islamic State fighters used a sandstorm to help seize a critical military advantage in the early hours of the terrorist group’s attack on the provincial Iraqi capital of Ramadi last week, helping to set in motion an assault that forced Iraqi security forces to flee, current and former American officials said Monday.

The sandstorm delayed American warplanes and kept them from launching airstrikes to help the Iraqi forces, as the Islamic State fighters evidently anticipated. The fighters used the time to carry out a series of car bombings followed by a wave of ground attacks in and around the city that eventually overwhelmed the American-backed Iraqi forces.

Once the storm subsided, Islamic State and Iraqi forces were intermingled in heavy combat in many areas, making it difficult for allied pilots to distinguish friend or foe, the officials said. By that point, the militants had gained an operational momentum that could not be reversed.

  • John VanderKelen

    Sounds like the United States military got outfoxed by nutcase Muslims. What can we expect when skunk Obama is our Offender in Chief.

  • curtmavi38

    Isis will be defeated. they are riding high now but there is coming a day that they will be completely eliminated and they will go down in history as a curse
    and will go to their maker for judgement. meh

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