There is no doubt that from a strategic perspective, the retaking of Ramadi—the capital of Sunni-dominated Anbar province in Iraq—amounts to the best news for anti-ISIS forces for a very long time. The shocking, unexpected, loss of the city in May of last year became a totemic symbol of the increasing political and military haplessness of the beleaguered premiership of Haider al-Abadi. As such its re-capture—after a relatively brief fight from October-December 2014—is both a needed military and propaganda boon.
A repeatable success?
Political success, and not just military victory, is the vital elixir needed to inoculate the Middle East from the ISIS diseaseDr. John C. Hulsman