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Click on the audio player above to hear this interview. The self-declared Islamic State is on the brink of losing control of Ramadi, a city just 55 miles from Baghdad. Since May, Ramadi has been the southern most town under ISIS control [http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/12/18/world/middleeast/Where-ISIS-Gained-and-Lost-Territory-Islamic-State.html] in Iraq. People there have suffered violence [http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/12/world/middleeast/iraqi-campaign-to-retake-ramadi-from-isis-makes-gains.html?_r=0] under ISIS, and winning back the city would be a victory.  But the situation is colored by many complexities, including concern over who is taking the city back. If they gain control, some are worried that Shiite militias affiliated with the Iraqi government will punish Sunni civilians—a concern that is not unfounded. A similar scenario played out in Tikirt, another Sunni city. In April, the Iraqi government approved an attack in Tikirt to wrest control of the city from ISIS, and the soldiers on the ground were Shiite. In the wake of the attack, they were accused of revenge killings [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-tikrit-special-re-idUSKBN0MU1DP20150403] and widespread looting. The spokesperson for the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq promises [http://www.defense.gov/News/News-Transcripts/Transcript-View/Article/637800/department-of-defense-press-briefing-by-col-warren-via-teleconference-from-bagh] no Shiite fighters are a part of the Ramadi operation. Instead, the mission is being hailed [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32181503] as an opportunity for the Iraqi Security Forces and elite units to win an important victory and boost their morale. But MICHAEL PREGENT, a former U.S. Army intelligence officer in Iraq and an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute, is skeptical of that claim. And he is concerned that civilians will once again be swept up in the violence. What you'll learn from this segment: Whether ISIS will lose control of Ramadi. How many civilians are trapped in the city. What the American military leadership in Iraq will do.  

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