More than 10,000 fighters from the Sunni province of Anbar are “ready” to fight Islamist militants who continue to occupy Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul but are disadvantaged due to Baghdad’s weak support to their plight, a prominent sheikh told Al Arabiya News on Thursday.
...hard to get Sunnis to join the PMU as they run the risk of being called a sell-outMichael Pregent, adjunct lecturer on international security at the National Defense University
In this Monday, April 20, 2015 photo, a Sunni fighter wearing an Iraqi army uniform smokes a hookah pipe during his break, on a base on the frontline in their fight against ISIS militants outside the city of Makhmour, northern Iraq. The Sunni fighters, who say they don’t take orders from anyone, except their leader, received their first salary this month. (AP)
Baghdad stuck in between
When [Americans] we were there [Iraq]... tribal leaders could call the Americans, and within minutes they’d have helicopters in the air and forces on their way to help... What’s happening now is just support with words only. It doesn’t keep anybody alivePregent, who stayed in Iraq from 2005 to 2006 as a U.S. advisor