The fall of Ramadi, U.S. foreign policy, and the 2016 election

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Guests: James Kitfield and Trudy Rubin

In this week’s edition of Ballot talks — the fall of Ramadi to the Islamic State represents the extremist group’s greatest victory since taking Mosul last year. The loss of the city, roughly 70 miles from Baghdad, highlights the limitations of the Iraqi government and its army assisted by American-led airstrikes. Shia militias, supported by Iran, are now battling ISIS, but concern is that this will fuel greater sectarian rivalries between Shiites and Sunnis. Today on Radio Times, we’ll examine the significance of the ISIS takeover of Ramadi, what it says about U.S. policy in the region, and how GOP contenders are framing it as a 2016 election issue. Our guests are journalists JAMES KITFIELD of Defense One and TRUDY RUBIN of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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