US not to send special forces to Ramadi, Iraq

US military officials say US military commanders do not intent the deployment of US special forces in Ramadi to fight against ISIS

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Washington has decided not to send any special forces to fight ISIS alongside the shiite militias, Iraqi forces and armed tribesmen.

A military official, who spoke to CNN the condition of anonymity, said military commanders do not intend the deployment of US special forces in Ramadi to help Iraqi forces fighting ISIS - adding that the military leaders - while recognising the dangers of the situation, but they did not see there was a need for it now.

The White House announced Tuesday that Iraqi forces are in dire need of further military support in order to recover the city of Ramadi, including training and equipment for local tribes.

Twenty five thousand people fled the Iraqi city of Ramadi - mostly towards Baghdad - after it was attacked by ISIS, the United Nations said on Monday.

Ramadi fell into ISIS’ grasp a few days earlier - causing the UN and other aid agencies to begin distributing food, water and medical supplies as well as setting up temporary camps and latrines for those fleeing the city - the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Iraq told Reuters.

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