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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Biden Tries to Smooth Iraq Ties After Pentagon Criticism

US Vice President Joe Biden on Monday sought to end an embarrassing rift between Washington and Baghdad after Pentagon boss Ashton Carter blamed Iraqi forces for the fall of Ramadi.

The White House said Biden called Iraqi's prime minister Haider al-Abadi, just hours after the US Defense Secretary's suggested the Islamic State group won control of the city because "Iraqi forces showed no will to fight," according to AFP.

Biden "recognized the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces over the past eighteen months in Ramadi and elsewhere," the White House said.

As well as rowing back Carter's comments, Biden called to "reaffirm US support for the Iraqi government's fight against" Islamic State jihadists.

Carter's comments were seen as undercutting a US-Iraqi collective front in the fight against the terrorists.

They were also seen as humiliating for Iraq's Prime Minister, as he desperately tries to hold his country together with a thinly stretched army and assorted ethnic and sectarian militias whose loyalties lie outside Baghdad.

Abadi himself expressed surprise at Carter's remarks and suggested the head of the Pentagon "was fed with the wrong information."

Iraqi troops had held out in Ramadi for more than a year before succumbing to the highly-motivated highly-armed force a week ago.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

After we won the last war, why did we immediately pull out and essentially give Iraq back to the extremist Muslims? How does that make people who's family members died liberating Iraq feel? To me it makes me feel like our Commander-in-Chief is either incompetent or a traitor with pro-Muslim tendencies or both. What other country in the history of the world, won a war and completely pulled out and then let the same enemy reconquer it. I think you will find an occupying force was left there until the country was reestablished or the occupying force was kicked out by insurgents or a stronger ally of the conquered country, never did they just leave and say in effect, just kidding you can have it back.