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Iraq

Shiite leader Ameri: Anbar is next, then Mosul

By Rudaw 3/4/2015
Iraqi Shiite militia leader Hadi al-Ameri. AP file Photo.
Iraqi Shiite militia leader Hadi al-Ameri. AP file Photo.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - The head of Iraq's powerful Shiite militias, known collectively as the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), has said the forces will capitalize on a hard-won victory in Tikrit and advance westward to next liberate Anbar province from the Islamic State. 

“We will celebrate the liberation of Salahaddin province soon as we did in Diyala Governorate. We will then move into Anbar province and Nineveh [Mosul] will be our final destination,” Hadi al-Ameri, head of the Shiite Badr Organization, told a press conference on Friday in the center of Tikrit. 

Ameri added that the majority of Salahaddin province is now under the control of Iraqi forces, with small pockets of resistance yet to be retaken.

Iraqi forces reconquered Diyala province from ISIS militants in January. After nearly a month of fighting, culminating in a week of airstrikes from the US-led coalition, the mixed PMU and Iraqi Army force entered Tikrit in force on April 1. 

The battle exposed divisions within the Iraqi forces and also between Ameri's PMU and the US military. 

“If Iraqi government wants to be thankful to the United States for the Tikrit operation, let them be. But we will not give credit to the US-led coalition and we don’t need them here,” said Ameri, widely known as maintaining strong ties to Iran.

The Iraqi Army, Kurdish Peshmerga, Shiite militiamen and volunteers from Sunni tribesmen are all engaged in the fight against ISIS in different parts of Iraq.


A US-led coalition is carrying out airstrikes against the jihadists in both Iraq and neighboring Syria. 

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The Italian Friend | 3/4/2015
He is a sectarian Shia Arab ,an anti-American fanatic allied with Iran.He will soon plot to assassin Americans whenever he has his hands free of the Isil.Obama,apparently,is helping Iran to reign over the Middle East.Question:-How do the American institutions let the president to favor the terrorist agenda of Iran ?.
Guest | 3/4/2015
Shiite leader Ameri: Anbar is next, then Mosul, then Kirkuk, then Erbil, then to the border with Iran. Better WATCH OUT Kurdistan & get ready ,just in case these militias feel lucky and adventurous. They already took saadiya and have officially stated they will liberate KIRKUK. Its not an if but rather a when. Better ask European assistance to build a Kurdish air-force.
Muraz Adzhoev | 3/4/2015
The PMU of Shiite paramilitary pro-Iranian forces will not be disbanded and disarmed even after Nineveh (Mosul) province is liberated and ISIS is completely defeated, because they do not recognize and respect this pseudo "inclusive" authority of Baghdad. They will follow only orders of their chief political, military and religious guarantor and sponsor - the "revolutionary" Shiite islamic religious authority of Iran. The PMU will be used by the top Shiite arab political and religious elites to move to other destinations and occupy so called "disputed" ancient Kurdish areas, cities, districts, oil fields, village-farmer lands, water resources and so on in order to forcefully prevent reintegration and independence of Southern Kurdistan from their united Iraqi arab islamic state with Shiite dominating style of jurisdiction and justice.
Paul | 3/4/2015
Just a reminder, the liberation of Tikrit,which was supposed to take days, lasted for weeks. It wasn't until coalition air strikes, the Shiites were able to enter the city, and guess what? The battle still isn't over. Al-Ameri can say he doesn't need US or coalition assistance But I must say the Shia will need to do a better job at Mosul. According to the Wall Street Journal: "U.S. officials assessed that the Iranian-backed assault on Tikrit was failing because of the inaccuracy of Iranian artillery and the failure of the Tehran-backed militias to respond to orders or coordinate their movements with the Iraqi security forces nominally leading the fight," "U.S. officials assessed that the Iranian-backed assault on Tikrit was failing because of the inaccuracy of Iranian artillery and the failure of the Tehran-backed militias to respond to orders or coordinate their movements with the Iraqi security forces nominally leading the fight," The Wall Street Journal reports. In other words, The Shiite militias can't shoot and can't follow orders. So, how will they do when they face a larger and more entrenched group of Daesh in Mosul? Well, we will find out, and this time the coalition forces can save their bombs. I hope the Kurds will stay out of this battle for Mosul, as well. Let the Shiite militias and the government forces spill their blood, and see what the Kurds have been fighting since last summer.
Ron Molina
Ron Molina | 3/4/2015
Before these weak forces take Anabar, Mosul will already have fallen. Candidly since they to not like us I say let them take Anabar by themselves. They will be defeated there and then blame it on the U.S.

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