Both Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants are gearing up for another battle over Ramadi, a top U.S. general said Friday.

“The situation in Ramadi is probably best described as anticipatory, both from an ISF perspective and a Daesh perspective,” Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Thomas Weidley said Friday, using an alternative term for the extremist group.

Intelligence reports suggest the Islamic State forces are preparing for the attack by digging trenches and installing a defensive network of improvised explosive devices, said Weidley, the chief of staff for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve. […]