0312 GMT August 18, 2019
The White House announced on Friday that Vice President Joe Biden had called Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to reassure that Washington is speeding up weapons shipments to the country, Press TV reported.
The weapons included AT-4 shoulder-held rockets to counter vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices, as well as ammunition and other supplies for Iraqi forces.
Biden made the phone call after reports said the ISIL Takfiri terrorists seized Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province, earlier on Friday. However, the Iraqi premier denied reports that the ISIL has completely taken control of Ramadi.
“The decision by the United States government to reassure, as they put it, the Iraqi government that there will be greater amounts of US weapons has to be understood in the larger political context,” Brian Becker told Press TV on Saturday.
“Having fragmented Iraq through invasion and occupation of the country, and having helped create the conditions in the neighboring country of Syria by fomenting civil war through foreign-funded and foreign- armed shipments to (militant) forces fighting the Assad government, the United States is confronted with the reality that ISIL has filled up space both in Iraq and in Syria and is now posing a challenge to what the United States uses as its strategic interest both in Baghdad, in the northern part of Iraq especially in Irbil region and the areas where there is great quantities of oil, and in Jordan,” he said.
“US power is now limited because US public opinion will not consent to sending large numbers of American troops to Iraq once again, the US president is limited in terms of what the United States can actually accomplish militarily in Iraq,” added Becker, who is a member of the A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition, an umbrella group consisting of many antiwar and civil rights organizations.
“So the United states is concerned that the Iraqi government now in a desperate fight against ISIL will look to Iran and to others in order to gain support that the United States cannot really provide in the struggle against ISIL,” the analyst noted.
“So the decision to send additional weapons to Iraq is premised on the need to keep some relationship between the United States government and the Iraqi government vis-a-vis military support, but the military support is so limited that it will not be decisive in the struggle against ISIL,” Becker said.
“The only way ISIL can be beaten is with troops on the ground, and that the United States government cannot offer,” he concluded.