VIDEO: ISIS Fighters Overthrow City, Move Closer To Base With Over 300 US Marines.
Reuters, quoting local officials, reported Thursday that ISIS militants had overrun much of the town of al-Baghdadi. One local Iraqi official told Reuters that, “Ninety percent of al-Baghdadi district has fallen under the control of the insurgents.”
A Defense Department spokeswoman confirmed to Fox News that “heavy fighting” took place in that area on Thursday, but referred questions about the status of the town to the Iraq government.
“There was no direct attack on the Al Asad air base,” the spokeswoman assured, while acknowledging reports of “ineffective indirect fire in the vicinity of the base.”
Reuters had reported that, according to unnamed officials, a group of insurgents did attack the well-fortified base but failed to break in.
The Al Asad air base is where 320 U.S. Marines are stationed training Iraqi forces. It is a mere 13-minute drive from al-Baghdadi to the base.
While ISIS forces have not yet taken the area near the base, one has to wonder if and when they will retaliate.
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