As former US Army intelligence officer Michael Pregent explained to Business Insider, taking back Ramadi is beyond the capabilities of a diminished Iraqi army and its partners, which include Iranian-backed Shia militia groups like Kataib Hezbollah and the Badr Group.
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"... Ameri rose to become leader of the Badr Organisation, the leading militia in Hashed al-Sha’abi, after years in exile from Saddam Hussein-era Iraq, which he spent in Iran. He, along with the Badr, fought on the Iranian side in the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, and he remains close to Tehran and in particular Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Revolutionary Guard’s elite force the Al-Quds Brigade, whom he referred to as “Brother Qassem”.
General Soleimani is a bogeyman to America, for his creation of the militias that fought the American and British presence in Iraq after the invasion of 2003, at a cost of hundreds of lives.
But many Shia Iraqis have come to see him and Iran as a more reliable weapon against Isil than the western coalition." The Telegraph
"The Iraqi army, which the US has tried to build up into a viable fighting force, fled when faced with dozens of car bombs in the provincial capital of Ramadi.
Arming Sunni tribes to fight the Sunni extremists in the Islamic State terror group (also known as ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh) would likely be America's best option. But, as Aaron David Miller noted in The Wall Street Journal, this could undermine Iraq's central, Shia-dominated government and make Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi look weak to his Shia constituency.
Consequently, Baghdad has not agreed to arm Sunni tribes.
On the other hand, Shia militias backed by Iran have so far proven to be the most effective fighting force against ISIS, but many fear that they are pursuing a sectarian agenda and committing atrocities against Sunni civilians in the areas they liberate from ISIS.
Hadi al-Ameri is his name. He is the boss of the Hashed Sha'bi (popular mobilizations militias). This translates as Shi'a militias of an extreme variety. He is a Badr Brigade terrorist or ex-terrorist. He served with the Badr Brigade against Iraq in the Iran-Iraq War. His only serious interest in life is the consolidation of Shia rule in what was Iraq. He is interviewed regularly on 24/7 news. He makes his contempt for the United States clear. He is now engaged in running the actual Iraqi war effort. He makes it clear that he does not take specific instructions from Abadi, the prime minister. He laughs at the idea that he is going to expend his available resources trying to re-take Sunni Arab population centers in Anbar. He makes it clear that the inhabitants of these places are not really his people. He is intent on consolidating the defenses of Baghdad and Karbala. He is particularly interested in what he calls the "Dajla (Tigris) Arm." I believe that he means the east-west highway and canal that extends from just north of Saqqlawiya to a junction with the north-south highway from Baghdad to Samarra and Mosul. This is an obvious high speed approach into the Baghdad area from IS controlled western Anbar. Evidently he understands a good bit about terrain analysis. I suppose his friends in the Quds force may have taught him that. "And which staff college did Cochise attend?" Lt Col Owen Thursday in "Fort Apache." pl