Under Siege in Ramadi (Teaser)

In early March, the world was watching Iraqi government forces advance on the Islamic State (IS) in Tikrit. Meanwhile, the militant group was launching a series of assaults on what little remains of the government-held parts of the provincial capital of Ramadi, which had then been under siege for over a year. On the morning of March 11 — the first day VICE News spent in Ramadi — multiple IS car bombs were detonated, killing multiple people and injuring dozens. In a series of interviews, Iraqi officials told VICE News that they fear IS fighters will overrun what remains of government-held Ramadi if the US does not intervene with air support. According to police in Ramadi, more than 2,000 officers have been killed since January 2014, when IS first announced its presence in the city. VICE News spent three days in Ramadi documenting civilian life and interviewing Iraqi officials, as the first Western journalists to access the besieged town in over a year. Watch “Leading the Fight Against the Islamic State: The Battle for Iraq (Dispatch 10)” – http://bit.ly/1EEnJH7 Watch “The Battle for Iraq: Shia Militias vs. the Islamic State” – http://bit.ly/1EgHqG8 Read “With the Islamic State Closing In on Ramadi, Iraqi Officials Demand Help from the US” – http://bit.ly/1bqrn0j Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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