There is no viable strategy against ISIS in Iraq involving just US advisers or even troops on the ground, without a combination of regional and other powers standing united, Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to US Secretary Colin Powell told RT.
An RT reporter has spent a day with a group of Iraqi Shia fighters amid its final preparations for a battle against Islamic State. Blaming the US for the war and the rise of the militant group, they vow to protect their land and religious sites.
In addition to enlarging a training base in the battered Iraqi Anbar province, the Pentagon is considering opening similar facilities at other sites. The US is also reportedly itching for special operation raids against Islamic State.
The remains of almost 600 Iraqi soldiers believed to have been massacred last June by Islamic State militants have been exhumed at the Speicher military base in Iraqi Tikrit, the country’s minister announced.
The US hopes a new base in Anbar province will spur Iraq’s Sunnis to volunteer for training, the White House said. President Obama ordered 450 more troops to the Iraq facility in hopes of bolstering resistance to Islamic State forces in Ramadi.
The White House spokesman railed at journalists for "telegraphing some insecurities that date back to junior high," following media reports that Barack Obama literally turned his back on Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi at the G7 summit in Germany.
Beyond the clamor of war hides a more vicious and insidious conflict - ISIS is vying to control water. Away from the sensational headlines, the terror group is working to throw the global economy out of balance in a game of dominoes we all stand to lose.
The US has announced plans to build a new military training camp in Iraq's Anbar province, to combat Islamic State and retake the city of Ramadi. Up to 450 troops will be deployed to the base, which will train mostly Sunni volunteers to join the fight.
To defeat Islamic State there has to be a concerted effort, the US has to coordinate with those fighting the extremists and not to support those associated with them, Said Arikat, former UN spokesman for Iraq, told RT’s In the Now.