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The Guardian: Iraqi army lacks 'moral cohesion' to fight Isis, says UK military chief

Maj Gen Tim Cross echoes comments by US defence secretary that Iraqi troops do not have the ‘will’ to tackle insurgents despite outnumbering them

The Iraqi army is struggling to deal with attacks from Islamic State fighters, despite heavily outnumbering them, because it lacks “moral cohesion” and effective leadership, according to the most senior British officer to be involved in postwar planning in Iraq.

Maj Gen Tim Cross echoed comments by the US defence secretary that successive gains by Isis militants in the region were because the Iraqi army did not have the “will to fight”.

Military and Intelligence News Briefs -- May 25, 2015

US defense secretary says fall of Ramadi shows Iraqi forces lack will to fight Isis -- The Guardian

Iraqi PM: Pentagon chief 'fed with the wrong information' -- The Hill

Iraq, Iran push back on U.S. defense chief over Ramadi loss -- Washington Times

Iran Left Battling ISIL Alone as US-Iraq Alliance Disintegrates -- Sputnik

Army chiefs plan for proposed joint Arab force in Mideast -- Washington Times

Israel Seeks Surge in US Security Support -- Defense News

U.N. nuclear conference collapses over WMD-free zone in the Middle East -- Washington Post

Russian Helicopters Designed for Mistral Ships to Find Use in Navy -- Sputnik

New Robotic Russian T-50 Fighter Jet Fit for Star Wars -- Sputnik

Russia to Sign Landmark $2Bln Deal With Egypt for 46 MiG-29 Fighter Jets -- Sputnik

Europe to give worthy reply to Russia’s Armata tank only in 15 years — Deputy PM -- ITAR-TASS

Germany, France to Develop New Battle Tank to Catch Up With Russia’s Armata -- Sputnik

Combat readiness snap check underway in Russia's Central Military District — minister -- ITAR-TASS

Russia, Kyrgyzstan holding military drills -- ITAR-TASS

Britain sends biggest warship for NATO drills on Russian border -- RT

NATO Fighter Jets Join Nordics in Arctic Military Exercise -- AP

Cold war games: NATO, friendly air forces brace for large Arctic drills -- RT

NATO hopes to keep a base in Afghanistan, U.S. general says -- Washington Post

China's Navy Makes Strides, Work Remains To Be Done -- Defense News

Norway-led Fighter Jet Drills Kick Off in Scandinavia -- Sputnik

Complex US-China Relations Seen at IMDEX -- Defense News

US Returns to Paris Airshow With Large Ground Displays -- Defense News

Senate Defense Markup Adds $400 Million to Missile Defense -- Missile Threat

Pentagon Kills $475M Cyber Contract -- NextGov

CIA shuts down program using spy satellites to track climate change -- Endgadget

With McCain’s Acquisition Reform Proposal, the Pendulum Swings Again -- National Defense

Special Operators Face Terrorist Evolution -- Defense News

Pentagon Considers Secret Underwater Recharging Stations for Sub Drones -- Sputnik

Women Describe Their Struggles With Gender Roles in Military -- NYT

US military eases uniform rules to allow turbans and beards -- The Guardian

Why the last of the JFK files could embarrass the CIA -- Bryan Bender, Politico

For NATO, a Cloudy Future -- Aaron Mehta, Defense News

The military is buying patriotism: A Memorial Day nightmare about Pentagon budgets — and veterans used as a sideshow -- David Masciotra, Salon

Special Report U.S. military and civilians are increasingly divided -- David Zucchino and David S. Cloud, L.A. Times

I’m a veteran, and I hate ‘Happy Memorial Day.’ Here’s why. -- Jennie Haskamp, Washington Post

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