Video shows abandoned Iraqi Security Forces armored vehicles near Ramadi

Iraqi Spring, a media center in Iraq, has released a video showing a number of abandoned Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) vehicles near Khaladiya. The city, which sits near the town of Habbaniya, is just over 10 miles from Anbar province’s capital of Ramadi. Most of the vehicles shown are US-made M113 armored personnel carriers.

Al Jazeera has reported that the Iraqi Security Forces and the Islamic State have clashed near Khaladiya in recent days. The vehicles were abandoned by the ISF when they retreated from the fighting, according to the Qatari news organization. The video and the fighting in Khaladiya comes as the Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al Abadi, announced the beginning of an operation to liberate Tikrit and all of Salahadin province in central Iraq. The wider focus and attention of the ISF is likely invested in that operation…

  • The wider focus is on Tikrit. So they’ll abandon more vehicles there I guess.

  • Ron MacDonald

    There no way Iraqi sunnis will fight ISIS.

    • Frau Katze

      They have lots of Shiite militias.

  • Exile1981

    Why is it every time they meet the security forces abandon working vehicles to flee on foot rather than actually fight the enemy? If they don’t want to save their country why should anyone else do it for them.

    • DVult

      Wouldn’t it be faster to retreat in their vehicles? Why run away when you can drive?

      • Minicapt

        They are Arab warriors.


  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Can we rule out equipment and training as being a reason for their failures?
    Sure we can.
    Bad cultures>bad societies>bad leaders>bad soldiers.

    Just remember how they behaved on the face of the Americans in both gulf war conflicts. They either dropped their weapons and ran, or they tried to surrender to unmanned drones.
    They have not changed a whit!

    • Frau Katze

      Tried to surrender to unmanned drones? LOL! I don’t remember that, but it sounds about right.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Oh yeah, it was pretty funny in that is was well BEFORE the days of drones even being armed.
        I’ll find the story.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        That story — and a second one about 40 Iraqis trying to surrender to another RPV — made its way back to AAI Corp. in Cockeysville, where the craft is made.

        Asked for his reaction, Adam R. Fein, AAI’s director of corporate communication, contemplated the question for a second and said, “Ah, what’s the best way to put this? We think it’s the first electronic capture in history.”

        The stories were confirmed by consultants to the crews aboard the battleship USS Missouri that operate the drones. The surrenders were viewed on television monitors on the ship.