Washington: United States -backed Iraqi commanders are struggling to retake the city of Ramadi from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), exposing shortcomings in the American strategy to counter the terrorist group.
According to the Washington Post, Iraqi forces have not even surrounded the city 80 miles west of Baghdad, which was the first stated aim of the counter-offensive, said commanders.
Even though the United States is spending 1.6 billion dollars on the training and provision of equipment of Iraqi forces, the slow pace of the operation could dent Washington’s image.
A senior Iraqi commander was quoted, as saying that failure to counter the ISIS effectively so far was due to the limited or lack of US-led air strikes. (ANI)