U.S. Tried to Force anti-ISIS Element to Back-off from Anbar Province*

U.S. Tried to Force anti-ISIS Element to Back-off from Anbar Province*

By Gordon Duff

“The tension between the Americans and the Hashd al-Shaabi has crippled the military operation to liberate Ramadi,” Fahdawi said.

Hashd al-Shaabi

Reports of tension between U.S. forces and the Shiite militias known as the Hashd al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilization Forces, escalated Saturday with some saying the dispute is stalling the war against  ISIS.

Karim Nury, Hashd al-Shaabi deputy spokesman, on Saturday denied claims that the U.S. government forced the Shiite fighters to retreat from Anbar province.

Retreat from Anbar means a collapse and handing over the province to the ISIS militants,” Nury said.

“American soldiers don’t have the ability to control even a hand’s width of Iraqi soil without the help of Iraqi tribes. The experience with Al-Qaeda proves this claim.”

Also Saturday, Khalid Fahdawi, an Iraqi federal police officer in Anbar, told Rudaw that tensions between U.S. forces and Hashd al-Shaabi east of the ISIS-held city of Ramadi had resulted in an exchange of hostile gestures.

Fahdawi said Shiite militants attempted to target U.S. aerial drones and American troops had, in turn, threatened to target Hashd al-Shaabi fighters. These claims could not be confirmed by Rudaw.

“The tension between the Americans and the Hashd al-Shaabi has crippled the military operation to liberate Ramadi,” Fahdawi said.

The Hashd al-Shaabi rose up last year at a call from Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the highest Shiite cleric in Iraq, when ISIS fighters overran much of country’s western territory.

The Shiite militias, some of which have poen ties to Iran, took the lead in the liberation of Tikrit earlier this year leading to subsequent allegations the fighters marginalized Sunni residents of the area.


US Army Advisors Fail to Prevent Iraqi Forces from Capturing Anbar University

The US military advisors failed to change the mind of the Iraqi forces not to capture Anbar University, an official disclosed.

“The US army advisors providing counseling services to the Iraqi troops tried to prevent the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism forces from capturing Anbar University in the Western parts of Ramadi, but they failed to do so,” Samir al-Shavili, a media advisor of Iraq’s Counter-Terrorism, told FNA on Tuesday.

He noted that the Americans described Anbar University a dark tunnel and also a dangerous place packed with ISIL terrorists in a bid to dissuade the Iraqi forces from seizing the university.

Last week, al-Shavili disclosed that the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group had used the poisonous mustard gas during withdrawal from Al-Anbar University.

“The Iraqi troops were exposed to mustard gas in the munitions fired by the ISIL as they were winning back the Anbar University,” al-Shavili told FNA at the time.

He said after a thorough physical examination of the Iraqi soldiers who had taken part in Anbar university operation it came to be known that the ISIL had used mustard gas against the Iraqi forces.

On Sunday, the Iraqi army started fresh military operations to take control of a strategic region in al-Anbar province, and killed tens of ISIL Takfiri terrorists in fierce clashes.

The army backed by warplanes was advancing in Anbar province towards al-Khalediya region which is currently under the control of the ISIL terrorists.

The Iraqi officials announced that at least 45 Takfiri terrorists have been killed and their strongholds have been destroyed in the Iraqi army raid.

On Wednesday, Iraqi forces and volunteers reportedly retook the key Jubbah region in Iraq’s Western Anbar province, driving out the ISIL Takfiri militants which had previously held it.

“Joint forces managed to free the Jubbah Region in the Heet District,” an informed source said.

This came as part of operation aimed to re-take the city of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, which was seized by ISIL back in May.

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control shrinking swathes of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.

Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.

The ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.

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