Tensions emerge between Iraq, US-led coalition in battle against Islamic State group

“…three Iraqi generals who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss ongoing operations said the U.S. has on several occasions ignored guidance from Iraqi commanders and has failed to provide ample training and weapons to Iraq’s beleaguered forces.

“Whenever we complain about the poor training they provided us, they remind us that it was Iraq who forced them to leave” in 2011, one of the generals said.

The generals noted, by contrast, Iran’s willingness to quickly accommodate their urgent needs for weapons and training, while the coalition makes them wait.

The U.S. spent billions of dollars training and equipping Iraq’s army during its eight-year intervention, only to see security forces crumble last summer when the Islamic State group swept across northern Iraq and captured the second-largest city of Mosul.”

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