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US Defense Chief Carter Congratulates Iraqi PM On Retaking Ramadi

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US Defense Secretary Ash Carter offered his congratulations to Iraq’s prime minister after Iraqi forces succeeded in retaking the government center in Ramadi from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

“‎The expulsion of ISIL by Iraqi security forces, supported by our international coalition, is a significant step forward in the campaign to defeat this barbaric group and restore Iraq’s territorial sovereignty,” Carter said in a statement.‎

The operation to reach the center of Ramadi was a significant milestone on the path to clear ISIL from the historic city and the overall campaign to defeat the terrorist group across Iraq, according to a statement released by Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve officials today.

Ramadi’s strategic location on the highway that connects Iraq with Syria and Jordan made it a prized target for ISIL, which took the city in May.

“The fight for Ramadi demonstrates how capable, motivated local forces backed by coalition air support and training can defeat ISIL,” Carter said. “‎Now it’s important for the Iraqi government, working with provincial and local authorities, to seize this opportunity to maintain the peace in Ramadi, prevent the return of ISIL and other extremists, and facilitate the return of Ramadi’s citizens back to the city.”

“Even with this success, the fight against ISIL is far from over,” the defense secretary said. “The United States military stands ready to support our Iraqi partners and the rest of the international coalition as we build on today’s progress and continue to strike ISIL on multiple fronts until we achieve their inevitable defeat.”

“Coupled with other recent ISIL losses across Iraq and Syria, including at Tikrit, Bayji, al Hawl, the Tishrin Dam and Sinjar, the seizure of the government center clearly demonstrates that the enemy is losing momentum as they steadily cede territory,” said Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, the U.S. Central Command commander. “Looking ahead, I expect our partners on the ground in both Iraq and Syria, with coalition assistance, to continue to roll back ISIL gains as we work together to defeat this enemy.”

“The Iraqi security forces, including the counterterrorism service, the Iraqi army, the Iraqi air force, the federal and local police and the tribal fighters, have demonstrated their resolve in the fight for Ramadi,” said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, the CJTF-OIR commander. “I also want to commend the thousands of troops of the coalition who have made this success possible … This success belongs to them as well, and we will all work together to defeat our common enemy.”

Task force officials said that coalition support to operations in Ramadi included more than 600 strikes focused against ISIL targets in and around the city, training and equipping multiple elements of the Iraqi security forces, providing specialized engineering equipment to clear improvised explosives devices, and providing advice and assistance at multiple Iraqi headquarters.

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One thought on “US Defense Chief Carter Congratulates Iraqi PM On Retaking Ramadi

  • January 2, 2016 at 4:47 am
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    Language is a dangerous tool: The “operation” claiming credit for retaking Ramadi is named “Operation Inherent Resolve.” As a Cold War survivor, I learned to hate the word “resolve” which was constantly used by the hard-liners in the American government to express their determination to defeat the USSR, at whatever horrific cost. Those who did not follow the course of US policy closely during the Cold War have no idea how horrific were the costs contemplated by our leaders and the Pentagon.
    Now that the Kremlin archives are open to international scholars, the truth is coming out (slowly,for Americans who do not read books by international scholars): 1)that the USSR had no intention of attacking the West; 2)that most of the wars in the Third World were proxy wars involving the quest to control resources; 3)that the real purpose of the Cold War was the creation and building up of a mil/industrial complex that, as Sec. Gates discovered before he retired, cannot be dismantled; 4)that the United States, now military hegemon of the globe is the primary threat to international peace.
    What has this to do with the US and Iraqis retaking Ramadi? Everything. It is part and parcel of the same “resolve” that destroyed Iraq, tore apart its civilization, and ended any real hope of restoring social peace between Sunni and Shia. It represents US “resolve” to control the world and its resources for itself and for the corporations and banks that now control virtually all branches of the US government while making a mockery of such frivolities as elections and notions of “freedom.” What we have in the US now is a national security state and the “resolve” of those in control to maintain that control, whatever the cost to the citizenry. Both the Iraqis and the citizens of the United States have lost everything they once had. The difference is that the Iraqis know this; Americans do not.

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