Abadi approves investigation council over Ramadi commanders

Iraq's Prime Minister Abadi approves decision over investigation of military officers after fall of Ramadi due to abandoning posts

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al Abadi on Sunday approved a decision to investigate military officers who left position in Ramadi during a battle with ISIS militants.

The information was released on the official website of the prime minister, who also announced a reform campaign last week for battling with corruption and mismanagement of the governing system since the US military occupation.

The investigation started following the fall of Ramadi, the capital and centre point in the western Anbar province that ISIS militants took control of on May 17.

Anbar which is the heartland of Sunni muslims and defended by local forces who are supported by neighbouring Iranian backed and Iraqi funded Shiite militias.

British Army Brigadier Christopher Ghika blamed the Iraqi commander that said to withdraw the fighting forces from Ramadi.

“Ramadi was lost because the Iraqi commander in Ramadi elected to withdraw. In other words, if he had elected to stay, he would still be there today.”

Ghika also said ISIS did not win the battle in Ramadi because there was no battle. “Ramadi was not a Daesh [ISIS] victory – Daesh [ISIS] did not win Ramadi, Daesh [ISIS] did not fight and defeat the Iraqi army in Ramadi,” Ghika said.

US President Barack Obama commented to the fall of Ramadi as a “tactical setback.”

US officials also blamed Iraqi forces that they had “no will to fight.” The US Secretary of Defence Ash Carter said "in fact, they vastly outnumbered the opposing force. That says to me, and I think to most of us, that we have an issue with the will of the Iraqis to fight [ISIS] and defend themselves.”

In response to critics, Hakim al Zamili, the head of Iraq’s parliamentary defense and security committee said that the critics are “unrealistic and baseless.”

According to al Zamili the main reason withdrawal of forces was the lack of support and “good equipment, weapons and aerial support” by US-led coalition forces.

ISIS killed up to 500 people - both Iraqi civilians and soldiers - and forced 115,000 to flee from their homes after they captured the city of Ramadi, according to the Anbar Provincial Council.

According to the US, up to 2000 ISIS militants stand in Ramadi, Al Jazeera reported

TRTWorld and agencies