This is a first-hand account by a top Kurdish commander in the Iraqi armed forces about what really happened and what happens next in Ramadi, Anbar and Iraq
There was a major betrayal by the Special Operations command. This command was formed by the Americans during [former] prime minister Nouri al-Maliki and they carried the latest advanced weapons.
Two days prior to the ISIS attack we had accurate information that the Special Operations had packed up and abandoned their base in Ramadi.
I personally relayed the information through the chain of command and contacted Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, I informed him of the photo and video evidence and location of hundreds of army vehicles and Humvees of the Special Operations forces assembled and about to abandon Ramadi.
They learned that the intelligence was correct and that indeed the forces were getting ready to withdraw, later that day more than 200 army vehicles abandoned their posts and their withdrawal led to the defeat of all other forces that were in Anbar to fight.
Why did the Special Operations act this way? I personally think there was a political reason behind it?
The U.S. didn't do a "damn thing" to stop the extremists' advance on Ramadi, does it mean anything else than being an accomplice in the plot ?
Iran has offered advisers, including Soleimani, to direct Shia militias fighting against the extremists.
You can really beat yourself up and say that Iraq was a failure, that people died in vain, it can be depressing as hell
The battles for Fallujah and Ramadi were fierce; more American troops died in that part of the country than in any other.
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