Monday, July 13, 2015

Haider eyes Anbar

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is working hard to pimp his latest attempt at taking (a part of) Anbar Province away from the Islamic State as something new.

If only the press would play along.

Instead, Sinan Salaheddin (AP) observes:

This is not the first time the Iraqi government has announced an operation to retake Anbar — where several key towns, including the provincial capital Ramadi, remain under IS control. In May, authorities announced an operation to retake Ramadi, but there has not been any major progress on the ground since then.

Arabic social media is noting that Haider's condemning the use of child soldiers . . . while giving money to a Shi'ite militia that is using them.

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