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just a day after US Defence Secretary Ash Carter accused Iraqi forces of lacking the “will to fight”, saying they had withdrawn from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.