Iraq’s Prime Minister has claimed that his country’s air force is doing a better job in curtailing Daesh than the US led coalition of 60 plus nations.
Apparently, the US led coalition is not doing anything worth mentioning against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Or even if they are doing something, it is not enough. Those are the views of the Iraqi Prime Minister who has accused Washington of not doing enough to destroy ISIS.
According to Reuters, Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi has claimed on Sunday that their air force has done more than US coalition in the fight against Daesh. However, he added that Iraq still need support from its allies countries in liberating Iraq from terrorists. He was talking to a local TV during a ceremony in Baghdad.
A Pentagon spokesperson has praised Iraq for their success against Daesh during a recently held press conference. Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman, Col. Steve Warren has however dismissed the impression that the US is not doing enough in the fight against ISIS.
“We’ve continued to increase both the pace and the intensity of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria,” Warren said on Wednesday.
Warren further added that not just US air force but also the ground forces are actively taking part in the fight against ISIS now. Ground forces give advantage to the US-led forces in a way that their operation forces ISIS fighters to move out of their hideouts and that is when they can easily be targeted.
“When our airstrikes are coupled with local ground operations, we see ISIL having to react and move around the battlefield, which, in turn, just makes it easier for us to strike them.”
Backing Iraq in the fight against Daesh, he said that the US and all other nations are standing beside Iraq and everything will be done in order to get rid of ISIS.
“Mutual respect between Nations will be one of the keys to defeating ISIL. International Coalition for Operation Inherent Resolve is proud to stand beside Iraq.”
The US State Department has already approved a sale of 5,000 Hellfire air to ground training missiles to Iraq in addition to 10 training missies. Moreover, US will hand over related equipment and services to the Iraqi government. According to reports, this contract between the two countries is worth 800 million US Dollars.
An official statement from the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency read,
“The proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security goals of the United States by helping to improve a critical capability of the Iraqi Security Forces in defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).”
Iraq has recently gained a number of regions lost to ISIS in the past year including the center of Ramadi. Ramadi is the capital of Anbar province and is considered a very important region. It feel to Daesh in May last year but now has been reclaimed by the Iraqi forces.