US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter arrives in Iraq on unannounced visit

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter

( Baghdad – US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter arrived on Thursday in Iraq on an unannounced visit.

“Reuters” said in breaking news followed by”The US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has arrived today in Baghdad in unannounced visited.”

“The Carter will hold talks with Iraqi leaders who seek to address the organization of the Islamic state in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which took over the city of Ramadi in May.”

It is noteworthy that Carter had arrived on Wednesday (July 22, 2015) in the Saudi city of Jeddah to convince senior Saudi officials to “the advantages of the nuclear agreement” concluded between Iran and the six major countries recently.


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  1. In the retreat from Ramadi Carter noted that the Iraqi forces abandoned their weapons and equipment, including dozens of American-supplied tanks, armored fighting vehicles and artillery pieces, even though they outnumbered Islamic State fighters.

  2. For the assault on Ramadi Iraq has a total attacking force of about 6,000 troops. Once Ramadi is back in government hands, a second force of 5,000 tribal fighters along with Iraqi provincial police officers would be assigned to hold it and nearby areas of Anbar Province. To avoid inflaming sectarian tensions Iraqi Shiite militia will not take part in the assault.

  3. In Ramadi it is estimated that ISIS has about 1,000 to 2,000 fighters. So ISIS is heavily outnumbered but Iraqi forces are well known to retreat even though Iraq has many more well armed fighters.

  4. Reason for the brief visit by Carter – he has openly questioned Iraqi forces will to fight and wants the Baghdad Government to recruit more Sunni into the security forces which the US views as a key to defeating ISIS.

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