Islamic State faces battle in Iraq, U.S. reassures Abadi
BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries prepared to try to retake the Iraqi city, while Washington scrambled on Monday to reassure Baghdad after a U.S. official's sharp criticism of Iraqi forces. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke to Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi after Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned Iraqi troops' will to fight when Ramadi fell.
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16 December, 2015 Carter, on visit to Baghdad, seeks to step up U.S. Islamic State fight By Yeganeh Torbati BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter was on Wednesday hoping to discuss with Iraqi officials Washington's offer of attack helicopters and advisers to help retake the city of Ramadi as part of an intensified fight against Islamic State. Carter said he […]
26 May, 2015 Pentagon chief’s take on Iraqis undercuts Obama’s strategy WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter's blunt assessment that Iraqi forces lack the "will to fight" undermines a central premise of President Barack Obama's strategy for defeating the Islamic State: that Iraq's military can effectively handle ground operations so Americans […]
7 April, 2016 Rights group calls for aid to Iraq’s ‘starving’ Fallujah Human Rights Watch called Thursday for Iraq to allow aid to reach starving residents of the city of Fallujah, and for the Islamic State group to allow civilians to leave. "The people of Fallujah are besieged by the government, trapped by (IS), and are starving," HRW's deputy Middle East […]
18 May, 2015 Iraq Shiite militias head for Ramadi after IS takeover Shiite militias converged on Ramadi to try to recapture it from jihadists who dealt the Iraqi government a stinging blow by overrunning the city in a deadly three-day blitz. The loss of the capital of Iraq's largest province was Baghdad's worst military setback since it started clawing […]