Generation needed to rebuild Iraqi Army, says British general

The uneasy international alliance against Islamic State militants has descended into acrimony as allies trade accusations that a lack of will to fight led to the fall of Ramadi last week.

Iraqi and Iranian officials reacted angrily to remarks from Ash Carter, US Defence Secretary, that Baghdad’s forces had been beaten by a far smaller force because they lacked motivation.

Tehran responded saying America had not done “a damn thing” to prevent the alliance’s worst defeat in its year-long battle against the militants also known as Isil.


A generation? No thanks.

  • simus1

    General Cross was no doubt trying to be somewhat diplomatic.

    What he likely meant was that the present generation of iraqi raw material is mostly worthless for the intended purpose and the usual American penchant for dressing massive numbers of people up in spiffy new uniforms and military equipment then pretending they are an army because they can all stumble through a parade ground march past has a long history of failure.

    They could achieve more in a shorter time by conscripting those thousands of Syrian and African refugees coming to Italy via Libya into an iraq based Foreign Legion style outfit.

  • Forrest

    The Iraq army are pathetic cowards.
    Why train them/? They deserve defeat.

    Lose your country!

  • Xavier

    Of course the Iraqi Army is worthless.
    Bush wanted stability and left troops in Iraq.
    Obama wanted instability and took them out.
    And in the ME, you know who exploits instability.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    No Shitey Arab will defend Sunny territory. Prepare to watch them go for each others throats…Mohammedonian Tough-Love.

  • mauser 98

    Obama and media keep saying “Iraqi allies”
    a generation of Iraqi’s (a million ?) have been killed, shot,bombed ,injured, made refugees
    why would Iraqi’s consider Western forces their ally?

  • Hard Little Machine

    The British army ran Iraq for 37 years after WW1. The day they left, literally, THE day, it all imploded into civil war and coups.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Why bother to preserve this artificial construct by post-World War One imperial powers? Let it be split three ways by the Shiite Arabs, the Sunni Arabs and the Kurds. Good fences make good neighbors.

  • tom_billesley
  • Topposter

    America hasn’t done a damn thing? lol. Didn’t the Shia militias refuse to fight if the American’s were to help them with air raids? I seem to recall a lot of bravado about “we don’t need no stinkin Americans to defeat ISIS.”