Militants from ISIS group have ramped up their attacks on Baiji and Ramadi in efforts to gain ground lost to the Iraqi army and Iranian backed Shiite militia groups.
Officials from the Anbari capital of Ramadi reported Thursday that over 150,000 civilians fled the city as ISIS militants continue their advance.
Stating that the situation in the city was “catastrophic,” Anbar’s Deputy Governor Faleh al-Issawi asked the central government for help.
“We urge the Baghdad government to supply us immediately with troops and weapons in order to help us prevent the city from falling into the hands of ISIS.”
Iraqi intelligence officials reported that there was a large buildup of ISIS fighters to the west of the city and that the militants were advancing despite a temporary pause due to air strikes from the U.S.-led international coalition.
Issawi , reported that the city lacked the manpower or munitions to continue holding off the militants on their own.
ISIS fighters also continued their assault on Baiji, where clashes between the militants and Iraqi soldiers continue.
The militants were able to break through the facility's security perimeter, taking control of multiple installations inside.
Speaking during his visit to the United States where he asked congressmen for greater assistance against ISIS, Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi said: "I think it's timed to [coincide with] my visit to the U.S. I think they want to show that despite the support that Iraq is receiving, they are there to cause damage."
U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey spoke on both ISIS advances Wednesday during a press briefing.
Stating that though the militant presence at the refinery was worrying, Dempsey said: “The refinery itself is at no risk right now.
"I would much rather that Ramadi not fall, but it won't be the end of the campaign should it fall. We got to get it back.”
On Wednesday, al-Abadi told reporters in Washington that the Iraqi army’s success in Tikrit would be repeated in the Western province of Anbar where officials announced ISIS militants decapitated 300 people.
Anbar councilman, Adel Khamis al-Mahlawi announced during a press conference that ISIS militants decapitated 300 members of the Sunni Al-Dulaim tribe over the course of a week.
The latest attacks on the Sunni tribesmen defiant of the ISIS occupation bring the death toll from the tribe to over 1,000.