Iraqi Army Struggles in Battle Against Islamist Fighters in Anbar Province

(Washington Post) Loveday Morris - The U.S. is shipping arms to Iraq to help its army fight a Sunni Islamist insurgency in Anbar province. But an Iraqi deputy army commander based at the 8th Division headquarters in Diwaniyah recounted a series of what he said were poorly planned and executed missions in Anbar. There, the government is struggling to oust militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, an al-Qaeda splinter group. That operation was one of several ill-fated missions that have characterized Iraq's battle against ISIS in Anbar and underscored the weakness of security forces that the U.S. spent more than $20 billion to train and equip, according to the Congressional Research Service.

2014-02-27 00:00:00

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