Shi'ite militia leader voices dismay at Falluja war operations

By REUTERS
June 6, 2016 09:17

 
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BAGHDAD - The leader of the largest Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitary group has criticized a lack of "precise planning" in war operations to capture Falluja, the stronghold of Islamic State near Baghdad.

Hadi al-Amiri's comments, in an interview with Al-Sumaria TV on Sunday, make him the second Shi'ite militia leader to voice dismay at efforts launched on May 23 by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to dislodge the ultra-hardline Sunni militants from Falluja, 50 km (32 miles) west of the Iraqi capital.

"Unfortunately there is an absence of precise planning for the military operations," said Amiri, the leader of the Badr Organization, the largest component of the Popular Mobilization, a coalition of Shi'ite militias that came together two years ago to fight Islamic State with support from Iran.

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