Americans cannot save Ramadi from Isil, Iraq’s strongman militia leader says

Iraqi forces will make no immediate attempt to recapture the city of Ramadi from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), the country’s most powerful military chief told The Telegraph, contradicting political leaders.

In an interview behind the front lines of the fight against Isil north-east of the city, Hadi al-Ameri insisted the fall of Ramadi would not make him change his long-term strategy to defeat Isil.

Mr Ameri is leader of the Hashed al-Sha’abi, or Popular Mobilisation Units, the coalition of militias which are now doing most of the fighting against Isil outside Kurdish areas since the collapse of the army.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    His goal is to lure ISIS into a false sense of overconfidence, and then strike, but only after he has lost 7/8ths of Iraq.

    • And at least 9/10th of all the American military equipment they’ve been supplied with.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Yes, but then he’ll ‘slice like a hammer’.
        Just you watch.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    ISIS will be the “strong horse” in its stomping grounds until it runs into stronger horses.