Iraqi soldiers

Iraqi Soldier Says Ramadi Retreat In Face Of IS Attack Prevented ‘Massacre’

The decision to withdraw was actually a life-saving measure. If we had not withdrawn, there would have been a massacre.”

That is the assessment of an Iraqi serviceman who worked in the Anbar Operations Command in Ramadi, and whose contingent withdrew when Islamic State (IS) gunmen overran the city on May 17.

The serviceman, who spoke to RFE/RL’s Radio Free Iraq in Baghdad on condition of anonymity, had arrived in the Iraqi capital two days earlier from Habbaniya, the city east of Ramadi where Iraqi troops were evacuated after the pullout.

In a dramatic eyewitness account of the events immediately preceding the Iraqi Army’s withdrawal, the serviceman — who is himself from Ramadi — described how government forces had been left depleted, woefully undersupplied, and unable to counter the attacking IS militants.

  • Petey

    Looking at the photograph I’d say first off never bring a prayer rug to a gunfight.

    • Doug Kursk

      …the ‘ole spray and pray!!

  • Norman_In_New_York

    They were so undersupplied that ISIS captured a hoard of hardware. The only deficiency of the Iraqi Army is the motivation to fight.

  • Thinking From First Principles

    Any statements that “lack of air support” was the problem are BS plain and simple. IS is accomplishing all of their victories without any air support.
    You have to stand firm, ignore what’s incoming, and actually aim your weapon at the target you are engaging.

  • This is nothing more than Muslims killing other Muslims.

    Get out of the way and let them do their job.

    When the shooting is done. Nuke the leftovers.