US: Iraq's 'will to fight' an issue

2015-05-24 17:34
Ash Carter (AP)

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Washington - The US defence secretary says the Islamic State group's takeover of the Iraqi city of Ramadi shows that Iraqi forces do not have the "will to fight".

In an unusually candid assessment, Defence Secretary Ash Carter says Iraqi forces vastly outnumbered the opposition in Ramadi, but failed to fight and pulled back from the provincial capital in central Iraq.

Carter says the United States can provide training, weapons and air support in the fight against the Islamic State extremists. But he says the Iraqi forces will have to show a willingness to fight for their country.


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