Iraqi President Haider al-Abadi decried the world’s failure to confront ISIS on Tuesday during his visit to Paris as the group made a string of gains in Iraq.
President Abadi appealed for more international military support for the Iraqi ground forces who are facing ISIS alone despite promises of help.
“This is a failure on the part of the world,” Abadi told journalists at a meeting of foreign ministers from the US-led coalition to discuss their fight against ISIS.
ISIS has recently made significant gains on the ground, claiming victory in Anbar’s Ramadi as the Iraqi army was unable to confront the attack on the city. Abadi said the failure of the Iraqi ground forces was due to a lack of international support that Iraq was promised to receive.
“There is a lot of talk of support for Iraq. There is very little on the ground,” he said.
The US-led coalition has launched thousands of air strikes against ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria for months. The United States has sent at least 3,000 troops to Iraq for training and advising Iraqi forces as the coalition also provides intelligence and weapons support.
On Wednesday, Iraqi sources said dozens of ISIS fighters were killed after US-led coalition air strikes targeted ISIS bastions in Mosul, Al Jazeera reported.
Sources from the Iranian-backed Popular mobilization Forces (PMF) said they had recaptured strategic towns near the Baiji oil refinery after dozens were killed aftera suicide bombing was executed by ISIS fighters in the southwest of Bijie, which ISIS has largely controlled since last March.
Qasim Musleh, a leader in PMF, told Al Jazeera his fighters had retaken the “strategic towns of Sikak, Buaiji and Al Askari in the east and south of the refinery.
Moreover, US Secretary of State John F. Kerry told the Paris gathering with Abadi that the first shipment of a 2,000 AT4 anti-tank missiles will arrive this week to the besieged Anbar province.