What the Iraqi army left behind in Mosul when it decided it did not want to fight ISIS: Iraqi PM Haider Al-Abadi Says Forces Lost 2,300 Humvees to ISIS. Lots of ammo, tanks, guns, and other equipment too.
Rudaw columnist David Romano says ISIS also got a pretty big haul of weapons when they captured Ramadi too.
Following the capture of Ramadi, ISIS also published photos of huge stockpiles of (mostly American) ammunition crates, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and other shiny new weapons that Iraqi forces left behind – which makes one wonder if someone is not telling the truth about lacking supplies and ammunition? Or perhaps supplies and ammunition were only delivered to Iraqi Army Shiite fighters who do not see the point of risking their lives to defend a Sunni town, while Sunni defenders of the city with a will to fight had little to work with?
50,000 ghost soldiers pay their commanders a cut of their pay so they do not have to show up. Others do not get paid.
While Iraqi security forces vastly outnumbered ISIS fighters, morale was low because troops had been stationed in the city for at least a year without leave or reinforcements, the officials said. Many soldiers had not been paid for as long as six months, had not been properly resupplied and many armored vehicles sat in disrepair because lack of parts, they said.
The Iraqi Shiites (at least in the Army) lack a will to fight. Should we let them get conquered and ruled again by Sunnis? Or let the Iranians bring in lots of fighters and conquer the Sunnis? We don't want our own soldiers to die there. Should we care at all?
|Share |||By Randall Parker at 2015 June 01 08:58 PM|