Ashton Carter claims Iraqi forces lack will to fight
May 24, Ramadi: Defence Secretary of US Ashton Carter blamed the weak state of Iraq‘s military as one major reason for the city’s fall. He said that the rout of Iraqi forces at the city of Ramadi showed they lacked the will to fight against Islamic State.
In an exclusive interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” aired Sunday, Carter said that “vastly outnumbered” the IS forces but chose to withdraw.
The head of Iraq‘s defence and security committee said the comments were “unrealistic and baseless”. The Iraqi government has now deployed Shia militias to the area to try to halt the advance of IS.
On Saturday, the militiamen retook Husayba, east of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, with heavy fighting continuing in the area on Sunday.
The Oslo Times