The Islamic State terror group just claimed a big victory in Iraq with the seizing of the provincial capital of Iraq’s largest region.

And Baghdad’s actions before and after the setback are raising red flags about the strategy to fight ISIS.

Reuters described the loss of Ramadi, which lies about 80 miles from Baghdad, as the “biggest defeat for the Baghdad government since last summer,” when the Islamic State [also known as ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh] seized Mosul and declared its “caliphate.”

Significantly, the loss might have been preventable had Baghdad been willing to empower the area’s Sunnis.

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