At Threats Watch:
Rams follows six prior operations in the city directed at individual neighborhood,s which began with Mountaineers in early October, and was followed with Panthers, Bruins, Lions, Tigers, and Shank
The results of the small scale offensives in Ramadi are still in question. Attacks in the city are said to be down 60%, but there is still a robust insurgency in the city. Ramadi is the provincial capitol of Anbar province, with 400,000 residents, and there are political ramifications to an assault on the scale of Fallujah. The elections are less than two weeks away and the new government may seethings differently. This isn’t an issue of the Coalition possessing combat power, but a matter of trying and alternative strategy to subdue this insurgency in the city.
In the comments section, in response to a question about what the future holds for Ramadi, Roggio writes
Ramadi will likely go down like Mosul, not Fallujah. Again, there are political decisions being made here. And the military personnel I have spoken to believe the choking of the ratline to Syria will have a long term effect on the situation in Ramadi and Baghdad.
Bill’s doing some great stuff. I’m going to pre-order his book, and he hasn’t even said he’s going to write one yet.