Ramadi

Americans cannot save Ramadi from Isil, Iranian-aligned militia leader says

Richard Spencer, The Telegraph (UK)

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. 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. Hashed al-Sha’abi mainly comprises Shia militias allied to Iran.

Iraqi Shi'ite militia claim leadership of campaign against Islamic State

Reuters

Iraq's Shi'ite militia announced on Tuesday they had taken charge of the campaign to drive Islamic State from the western province of Anbar, giving the operation an openly sectarian codename that could infuriate its Sunni population.

All for nothing? US vets who fought for Ramadi angry over fall to ISIS

Perry Chiaramonte, FoxNews.com

“It’s gut-wrenching and disgusting to me that we choose to stand by and do nothing,” Debbie Lee, whose son Marc Alan Lee was the first Navy SEAL to be killed in the Operation Iraqi Freedom while fighting insurgents in Ramadi, told FoxNews.com. “Our troops are more than capable to secure that city and they are just not given the ability. “It’s because they [Washington] refuse to send troops that we are seeing this insurgence,” she added.

Iranian military official accuses U.S. of letting ISIS seize Iraq's Ramadi

HAARETZ

Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the elite Quds Force responsible for protecting the Islamic Republic's interests abroad, has become a familiar face on the battlefields of Iraq, where he often outranks local commanders. "Today, in the fight against this dangerous phenomenon, nobody is present except Iran," the Tasnim news agency quoted Soleimani as saying on Sunday in reference to Islamic State.

Ramadi’s fall a major loss for Iraq’s moderates

Frida Ghitis, Miami Herald Op-Ed

U.S. officials are performing verbal contortions trying to minimize the significance of events in Iraq. The fall of Ramadi, just 70 miles from Baghdad and the capital of Anbar Province, the country’s largest, is a disaster for the Iraqi people and for America’s strategy in the region. But for many in the United States, the reflexive reaction at more bad news from the Middle East is, “Why is that our problem?”

Australia open to possibility of deploying more forces after Ramadi, Palmyra losses

Andrew Greene, ABC Australia

The loss of Ramadi, capital of Iraq's largest province of Anbar, raised questions over the strategy adopted not only by Baghdad, but also by Washington to tackle IS. "The final point I should make is that the one Iraqi security force element that most stuck to its post and withdrew from Ramadi as a formed unit, as opposed to a disorganised group, was the unit, the counter-terrorism service of the Iraqi security forces that we have been advising and assisting in our initial placement at Baghdad International Airport," Australian PM Tony Abbott told reporters in Canberra.

Sec Def: Iraqis showed 'no will to fight' in Ramadi

Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent

Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in his first comments since the key town of Ramadi fell to ISIS, blamed the weak state of Iraq's military as one major reason for the city's fall, in an exclusive interview on CNN's "State of the Union" aired Sunday.

This Memorial Day Remember Ramadi

All too many of today’s politicians are too cowardly to speak the truth about what is really at stake in our war in the Middle East. They are unworthy of leading a great Nation founded and preserved upon the sacrifices of those we honor today. So this Memorial Day, if there was ever a time to respectfully breach President James A. Garfield’s admonition to stay silent beside the graves of our war dead, today is that day. 

300 Marines Cut Off In Ramadi, So Yes Hillary Benghazi Matters

American forces in the Middle East aren’t being commanded by men like Marine General Chesty Puller and WWII tank commander Creighton Abrams, they are being commanded by Barack Obama from the Situation Room at the White House. Many questions remain unanswered about what happened on the night Benghazi was attacked that have a direct bearing on what will happen at Al-Asad Airbase if and when it comes under close attack.

300 US Marines Trapped at Iraq Base

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit

Islamic State insurgents took control on Thursday of most of the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi, threatening an air base where U.S. Marines are training Iraqi troops, officials said.