Ramadi was liberated from ISIL occupation February 2016 at the cost of total destruction.
Civilians fleeing Ramadi May 2015. It was hardest for children and the elderly.
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Adding insult to injury, a US official stationed in Iraq stated liberation wasn't worthwhile considering the extent of destruction caused. Strange they never thought of that when they raided the entire country in 2003.
ISIL attacked and captured Ramadi a year ago May 2015 when Iraqi security forces fled the city. Suffering of civilians was heart-rending, indescribable. They were sandwiched between the violence of ISIL and the callousness of the Iraqi government. Soon after the occupation, 40,000 civilians fled to the capital Baghdad for safety. But the bridge was shut and they were refused entry. Wary of a dozen ISIL militants suspected of infiltrating into Baghdad, the government barred 40,000 helpless civilians - thousands of them women, children and elderly in wheel chairs - from entering Baghdad. They were left unprotected in scorching summer temperatures and harsh sandstorms with no arrangements for food and water.. Many died waiting to cross the bridge.
Below: Library of the University of Anbar, Ramadi. During ISIL occupation of Ramadi, they seized the campus and used it as their headquarters. This is what they did to the library. While retreating they set ablaze some parts of the University and blew up other parts.
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