The biggest news during the second week of July 2015 was obviously the announcement that the battle of Anbar had begun. After over a month of delay, the Iraqi government announced that it was moving to re-take not only Ramadi, but Fallujah as well. Baghdad’s forces made quick progress clearing out the surrounding towns and suburbs, but the real fight will began when they reach the core of each city. The Islamic State responded with a huge wave of car bombs across the center of the country in retaliation. If the government is successful the fight for Anbar could be a real game changer.

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