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May 27, 2015
Iranian general says US did 'nothing' to save Ramadi
Tehran (AFP) May 25, 2015
The United States has done "nothing" to help Iraq's army battle jihadists in Ramadi, according to a senior Iranian general involved in the fight against the Islamic State group. Qassem Suleimani, the Revolutionary Guards' commander of foreign operations, hit out at Washington after Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said Iraqi forces "failed to fight" in Ramadi, which has fallen to IS. "Mr. (Barack) Obama, what is the distance between Ramadi and Al-Asad base where US planes are based?" Suleimani said ... read more

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