As the Ramadi debate heats up, here's what a Shiite militia leader has to say about the US

Published May 26th, 2015 - 03:36 GMT
An Shiite militia leader appeared on Iraqi TV accusing the US Ambassador of acting as if he owned Iraq. (AFP/File)
An Shiite militia leader appeared on Iraqi TV accusing the US Ambassador of acting as if he owned Iraq. (AFP/File)

There's a lot of talk going on right now about Daesh's disasterous takeover of Iraqi's Anbar province capital Ramadi and who, exactly, is to blame. After the Daesh siege, videos surfaced purporting to show Iraqi servicemen and militias fleeing along with the civilians, making many wonder what exactly happened in the province capital. 

Since then, the US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter told CNN Iraqis lacked the 'will to fight' in Ramadi, while Iranian officials have fired back with their own finger pointings. 

But Iraqis have their own problems with the way Anbar province battles are being handled. During the height of the battle for Ramadi last week, Qais Khazali, the secretary-general of the Shiite Asa'ib Ahl Al-Haq militia, appeared on an Iraqi TV station with these comments about the US Ambassador to Iraq, Stuart E. Jones.

In the video, Khazali says Jones told the media that if Shiite militias entered Anbar, it must be under the umbrella of the Iraqi armed forces.

"It's as if Al-Anbar is one of the states of the USA," the militia leader said. "...As if you own this country and we are the foreigners."

 Watch the clip, with English subtitles by MEMRI-TV, below.

 

 


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