ISIS Must Be Stopped for 'Our Own Sake,' Says Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

ISIS Must Be Stopped for 'Our Own Sake,' Says Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-AbadiWhile headed for meetings in Iraq this week, Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressed optimism that the Iraqi force of 23,000 military and Shiite militia fighters will defeat the several hundred ISIS fighters inside the city. Al-Abadi did not say if Iranian Quds Force General Qasem Soleimani was playing a major role in the operation. Al-Abadi acknowledged that Soleimani “comes and goes” to Iraq, but that he does not stay long. Al-Abadi said it was “not entirely true” that American military commanders did not know beforehand that the Iraqi military was launching the Tikrit offensive, noting that the U.S. and Iraqi military coordinate plans at a Baghdad Joint Operations Center.

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