US defense chief has 'incorrect information' over fall of Ramadi, says Iraqi official

A spokesman for the Iraqi government says US Defense Secretary Ash Carter has been given "incorrect information" following his criticism of its security forces over the fall of Ramadi to the Islamic State group.

 US defense chief has incorrect information over fall of Ramadi, says Iraqi official

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter. AFP

Saad al-Hadithi said Monday that the Iraqi government was surprised by Carter saying Iraqi forces lacked the "will to fight" during the Ramadi battle.

Al-Hadithi added that the fall of Ramadi was due to mismanagement and poor planning by some senior military commanders in charge of Ramadi.

Carter made the comments in an interview aired Sunday, which included him criticizing Iraqi forces for fleeing and leaving weapons behind.


Updated Date: May 25, 2015 15:54:43 IST