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US says Iraqi forces lack will to fight IS

Iraqi government forces walk in the Jurf al-Sakher area, some 50 kilometres south of Baghdad, to protect the area from further Islamic State group advancement, on May 24, 2015Washington on Sunday accused Iraqi forces of lacking the will to fight the Islamic State group, which scored a resounding victory a week earlier with the capture of Ramadi. The jihadists had appeared on the back foot in Iraq in recent months but twin offensives on Ramadi and on the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra have swung the momentum. On Sunday, a monitoring group reported at least 217 people were executed in and around Palmyra in the last nine days.

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