Iraq's divisions will delay counter-offensive on Islamic State




 
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November 30th, 2014  
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Topic: Iraq's divisions will delay counter-offensive on Islamic State


By Dominic Evans BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. air support and pledges of weapons and training for Iraq's army have raised expectations of a counter-offensive soon against Islamic State, but sectarian rifts will hamper efforts to forge a military strategy and may delay a full-scale assault. The Sunni Islamists stormed through northern Iraq in a 48-hour offensive in June, charging virtually unopposed toward the outskirts of Baghdad, humiliating a U.S.-trained Iraqi army which surrendered both land and weapons as it retreated. ...




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