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the capital of iraq's anbar province ramadi under renewed threat from islamic state friday as the militant group launches a major new offensive and official u. s. source telling reuters the group had succeeded in raising its flag over a government compound in the city and our governorship alrawi taking to twitter saying the situation is dire for the city had not yet fallen five officials could give no clear picture how much of the city islamic state controls as battles with iraqi forces continued street to street five u. s. at airstrikes trying to turn back the militants assault on the city just sixty miles west of baghdad , ramadi has been under threat from my essence last year but the militant group renewed its offensive in april forcing more than one hundred and thirty thousand residents to flee amid a growing sense of alarm the white house said vice president biden spoke with iraq's prime minister on friday pledging the u. s. will expedite sending shoulder held rockets ammunition and other supplies for iraqi forces , ramadi has been one of the few remaining cities in the vast desert province not held by islamic state