Washington Post: Defense Secretary Carter: Iraq’s forces showed ‘no will to fight’ Islamic State

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Iraqi forces "showed no will to fight" as the Islamic State militant group captured the city of Ramadi, and he rejected calls by Republican lawmakers to commit ground troops to the conflict.

"What apparently happened was that the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight," Carter said in a CNN interview that aired Sunday. "They were not outnumbered. In fact, they vastly outnumbered the opposing force, and yet they failed to fight. They withdrew from the site, and that says to me, and I think to most of us, that we have an issue with the will of the Iraqis to fight ISIL and defend themselves." The Islamic State is also known as ISIS or ISIL.

WNU Editor: US Defense Sec. Carter does have a point. Iraqi lawmakers disagree .... Iraqi Lawmaker Slams US Criticism of Iraqi Military (NYT/AP).

More News On U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's Remarks That "Iraqi Forces Lack Will To Fight"

Carter Says Iraq's 'Will to Fight' at Issue After Ramadi -- ABC News/AP
US defense secretary says fall of Ramadi shows Iraqi forces lack will to fight Isis -- The Guardian
Iraqi forces lack will to fight - Ashton Carter -- BBC
Carter: Iraqi troops lost 'will to fight' at Ramadi -- Politico

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