Iran blames US for Ramadi’s fall to Isil

Islamic republic accuses America of having ‘no will to fight’ militants

Iran has accused the US of having “no will” to stop the Islamic State (Isil), underscoring tensions in the alliance of international powers that has mobilised against the group in Iraq.

General Qassem Soleimani, the head of an elite unit in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, said the US did not do “a damn thing” to stop Isil seizing the Iraqi city of Ramadi earlier this month.

Published in an Iranian newspaper on Monday, his comments came just a day after US Defence Secretary Ash Carter accused Iraqi forces of lacking the “will to fight”, saying they had withdrawn from

Ramadi even though they “vastly outnumbered” Isil.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Iran has an assload of troops over there in both Syria and Iraq; what did they do?
    Not much, because their troops don’t fight any better than the Iraqis.

    • It seems a bit of game playing is going on.

      I wonder if the US is deliberately holding back in order to pressure Iran in other areas ie. Nuclear negotiations and Yemen.

      Then again it may be that the US realizes the Iraqi Army is a shambles and the Iranian/Shiite Militias no better.

  • In June 2014, after the US Army left Iraq to its own improvised explosive devices, a highly dedicated and utterly ruthless Sunni Islamic militia rapidly swept across large swathes of Iraq and Syria. The US/UK-trained Iraqi Army simply ran away or were slaughtered or captured in the onslaught, actually less effective than chocolate soldiers, since they left behind the weapons which the US had kindly given Iraq to defend itself on abandoning the country. Despite the no-doubt heroic sacrifice of many Iraqi soldiers, it would seem that the French now have a credible rival for jokes about tanks with reverse gears only.

    As Ayaan Hirsi Ali stated in early 2014, Syria is now a state of a proxy war between Islam’s most important and influential nations: The Sunni kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and The Shiite Islamic Republic of Iran. (Although there are more subtle theological nuances, the whole Sunni-Shiite thing can best be conceptualised as akin to the differences between the People’s Front of Judea and the Judean People’s Front in Monty Python’s Life of Brian).

  • Hard Little Machine

    Who cares? You bring the smores and I’ll bring the law chairs and we’ll watch the genocide together. Barbeque Akbar Mullahfukaz.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Well, whaddaya know? Iran is proving to be a paper tiger who wants others fighting its battles.

  • cmh

    The foreign policy of the US is designed by people who have only their own best interests at heart, not the country’s. There is no way out until this changes.

  • Mickey Oberman

    THe Us sure has the formula of how to win friends and influence enemies.
    The Land of the Free seems very adept at alienating its friends in its futile attempts to make love with its enemies.
    Another one for Abu Obama.