View Full Version : Political Ramifications Of The Fall Of Iraq’s Ramadi

05-18-2015, 03:30 PM
Over the weekend the Anbar provincial capital of Ramadi fell to the Islamic State (IS). The group had been gaining ground in the city for months, and was finally able to take the government center and then rout the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF). This was a major defeat for Prime Minister Haider Abadi who had talked about retaking the province just a few weeks ago after the victory in Tikrit. Now the Hashd al-Shaabi has been mobilized to try to retake the area. Abadi and the United States had tried to keep the Hashd out fearing they might create a backlash amongst the population, but the collapse in Ramadi forced a reversal. The Anbar provincial council okayed the Hashd’s entry, Abadi told them to get ready, and the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq gave his approval as well. In the political struggle surrounding the current war this was a victory for pro-Iranian elements of the Hashd who have become increasingly critical of the prime minister and America’s involvement. They can now claim that the government cannot win without them, that American advise should be rejected, and that ultimately Abadi should answer to them when it comes to security.

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