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for now at least pal myra is still standing footage posted by islamic state appearing to show the ancient syrian city intact , it was seized by the group last week raising fears the famous roman ruins would be destroyed they may still yes of course the area firmly under i s. control , in iraq though the group's recent advances a coming under threat the shiites paramilitary volunteer force spearheading the fight back , so i at five o'clock this morning a convoy of heroes departed while singing the poems off heroes and victories to announce the start of the bike yah hussein operation , the shiite forces will aim to liberate iraq's western anbar province prime minister hydra body vowing to retake the foreign city of ramadi within days , but despite the shiites proven fighting skills their involvement is seen as a big risk the operation's code name led by king hussein is an openly sectarian phrase the u. s. visit could infuriate a predominantly sunni population royce's top news editor peter graf , the government has managed to persuade some of the sunni tribes in the area , to say they support the presence of these militia but it's not at all clear how deep that support is , and whether their presence is , to support the islamic state , many in ramadi have already left thousands fleeing the fighting for the relative safety of baghdad the worries who those left behind will see is their savior is the shiites or their fellow albeit islamic state sunnis