Over the last couple of weeks the Iraqi army has moved into a number of outlying districts of Ramadhi, trying to more or less encircle the Islamic State fighters holding the city. Yesterday, they launched an attack into the center of town, where the Anbar province government building and the police headquarters are. Resistance was fierce yesterday. Today the BBC is reporting that (according to the Iraqis) they have retaken the government compound. Other news sources report that they are close to doing so. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35186105 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...t-forces-set-retake-vital-strategic-town.html http://www.wsj.com/articles/islamic...di-stronghold-amid-iraqi-offensive-1451232693 Apparently gunfire coming from the government buildings tapered off today. So the Iraqis say they ordered their troops to advance and found the buildings empty (but infested with improvised explosive devices). Everybody seems to agree that the Islamic State defenders are retreating into an adjoining northeastern residential area of Ramadhi along with hostages they've taken and may try to escape from there to rejoin their fellow fighters. The Iraqis seem to have them surrounded, but not in a continuous line, so it might be possible for them to sneak past the Iraqis.