Iraqi parliamentarian calls for army leaders to be replaced

Iraqi parliament speaker calls on prime minister to dismiss army leaders following Anbar defeat

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

Iraq's Parliament Speaker, Salim Al-Jubouri called on Tuesday the Iraqi government to dismiss the army leaders who failed to fulfill their mission to defeat ISIS attack on Ramadi, the capital of the governorate of Anbar, Turkey’s Anadolu Agency reported.

Al Jubouri called on Prime Minister Haider al Abadi "not to wait and to replace the failed security leaders" following the ISIS offensive in Ramadi after which only isolated districts are still under the Iraqi government’s control.

Anbar’s Deputy Governor Faleh al Issawi on April 27 requested that the central government in Baghdad send reinforcements to Ramadi due to the “catastrophic” situation in the city, as local fighters and police forces were unable to defeat the militants. However, Baghdad never complied with his request.

Iraqi forces said they had defeated an overnight attack by ISIS on the town of Husaiba al Sharqiya, situated between Ramadi and the Habbaniya military base where ISIS militants are assembling. Iraqi forces consider the fight as a significant setback, the Lebanese daily star reported.

"ISIS attacked us around midnight after a wave of mortar shelling on our positions," Amir al Fahdawi, a leader of pro-government tribal forces told Reuters.

Meanwhile, families displaced from Ramadi have been allowed to enter the capital Baghdad following four-day refusal to let them into the city. The displaced families will enter Baghdad on the condition that they have a sponsor who lives in Baghdad. The sponsor will pledge that the family will not threaten the security of the capital.

On Friday ISIS seized control of Ramadi, including its security headquarters and government departments, after two weeks of clashes following many failed attempts to capture it since September.

More than 25,000 Iraqis were displaced from Ramadi following the ISIS attack according to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). In April 2015, more than 812 Iraqis were killed and 1,726 others were injured by attacks and violence in Iraq, according to UNAMI.

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