The heads of prominent Sunni tribes involved in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq’s Anbar province have welcomed US President Barack Obama’s decision to speed up the support the US is already offering the tribes.

Following a meeting with the National Security Council in Washington, which was attended by CIA Director John Brennan and a number of other top national security advisers, a White House spokesman told AFP Washington would be “accelerating the training and equipping of local tribes” as part of their support for an Iraqi-led operation to retake the city of Ramadi from ISIS.

Ramadi, the capital of the Sunni-dominated Anbar region, Iraq’s largest province, was captured by the group on Friday, in what was a major defeat for the Baghdad government, amid a complete withdrawal of Iraqi government troops in the face of the ISIS onslaught on the city. […]