What the U.S. Bombed Before Ramadi Fell

The Pentagon details the damage it did to the enemy's military force.

A direct hit. But by who?

Photographer: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

In the month before the city of Ramadi in western Iraq fell, U.S. air strikes destroyed an armored personnel carrier, three humvees, three tanks, four mortars, four gun-mounted pick up trucks and two vehicle bombs belonging to the Islamic State outside the city. On Friday, Lieutenant Colonel Brian Fickel, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, shared this data with me, adding that the U.S. also hit 25 "fighting positions" and 14 pieces of "miscellaneous equipment." 

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