It’s honestly not possible to make this stuff up.Yesterday Marie Harf was on CNN praising the Iraqi Army’s defense of Ramadi saying “The Iraqi security forces have held their lines outside the city.”
Well, for a day maybe.Because today according to Reuters (via Weasel Zippers)
Islamic State militants overran Iraqi government defenses east of the city of Ramadi on Thursday, police and pro-government tribal fighters said.
The defensive line was breached at Husaiba, about 10 km (six miles) from the city, on Thursday afternoon after IS fighters intensified mortar and rocket fire.“The situation is very critical now after Daesh (IS) fighters managed to overrun our defensive line in Husaiba,” Police major Khalid al-Fahdawi said.
“We have retreated to the eastern part of the area and we’re waiting for more reinforcements and air force strikes to stop the Daesh advance.”
Ramadi fell to the insurgents on Sunday in the most significant setback for Iraqi security forces in nearly a year.The IS advance has exposed the shortcomings of Iraq’s army and the limitations of U.S. air strikes.
We are ANXIOUSLY awaiting Marie Harf’s comments on this new development. But not as much as we’re awaiting any sign of leadership from the White House.