Iraq restructuring army to stop ISIL: Minister
Iran Press TV
Tue Jan 6, 2015 2:9PM
Iraq is restructuring its army in order to boost its capabilities in countering the advance of the ISIL Takfiri group in the country, the Iraqi defense minister says.
'Weak leaders and incompetent members assuming the chain of command, a lack of discipline, weak training, poor performance and the disintegration of public trust in the security forces... were the true reasons for the setback,' Khaled al-Obaidi said on Tuesday.
The ISIL terrorist group started its massive intrusion into Iraq in June 2014.
During the offensive, the heavily armed militants took control of Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, before sweeping through parts of the country's Sunni Arab heartland.
Iraq is taking constructive measures to remove the weaknesses, 'beginning from the top of the army and its leadership and replacing them with nationalist, professional and competent members and leaders not tainted by corruption or lacking courage,' Obaidi added.
Iraqi soldiers and police units, Kurdish forces, Shia militiamen and Sunni tribesmen have succeeded in regaining ground in the battle against ISIL.
The notorious terror elements have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations, against all Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.
Iraqi officials have repeatedly blamed Saudi Arabia as well as a number of their Persian Gulf allies for funding and supporting the Takfiri terror groups across the country.
Despite the establishment of a US-led international coalition to strike ISIL positions across Iraq and Syria through aerial operations, Iraqi authorities insist that such aerial strikes have not made a major impact in pushing back the Takfiri forces.
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