US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Sunday suggested that although Iraqi forces were more in number but they did not had the will to fight to retain control of Ramadi which is capital city of Anbar Province and a key town some 70 kilometers from capital Baghdad. The latest concern from a key cabinet member of President Obama has raised doubts about his plan to contain the growing influence of Islamic State.
“What apparently happened is the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight,” he said. “They were not outnumbered. 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 ISIL and defend themselves.”
Mr. Ash also reiterated that Pentagon has no plans to send boots on the ground and will limit its support aerial strikes, training and advisory to Iraqi government forces.
A member of Iraqi Parliamentary Defense and Security Committee Hakim al-Zamili rejected these claims and instead blamed America for its lack of outright support of the Iraqi government to fight Islamic State. The reaction pointed out delay and quality of the support provided to them.