Ramadi fall failure of Iraqi PM’s anti-IS strategy: analysts
The fall of Ramadi has scuppered Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's efforts to build a credible cross-sectarian force to fight the Islamic State group, analysts said Monday. The commander-in-chief had been keen, with strong US support, to make Anbar province the place where Sunni tribal forces under his command would prove their worth. The first unit of 1,180 Sunni tribal fighters fully integrated into the Popular Mobilisation units (Hashed al-Shaabi) was to graduate Monday at Habbaniyah base, east of Ramadi. Now that base is teeming with the Hashed's Shiite fighters Abadi reluctantly called in after the Islamic State group's capture of Ramadi sparked a chaotic army retreat.
12 March, 2015 Little progress in key plank of Obama anti-IS strategy WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military and intelligence officials are voicing increasing pessimism about a key tenet of the Obama administration's strategy to dislodge the Islamic State group and stabilize Iraq.
26 October, 2016 Islamic State holds up Iraqi army south of Mosul By Babak Dehghanpisheh and Saif Hameed QAYYARA/BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters kept up on Wednesday their fierce defense of the southern approaches to Mosul, which has held up Iraqi troops there and forced an elite army unit east of th...
28 July, 2015 Iraqi militia leader says U.S. not serious about fighting Islamic State By Samia Nakhoul NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - The head of one of Iraq's fiercest Shi'ite militias called the U.S.-led coalition's campaign against Islamic State ineffective and accused Washington of lacking the will to uproot radical Sunni jihadis controlling large swathes of Iraq and Syria. […]