May 25, 2015 6:25 AM

Iraqi official: US defense chief has 'incorrect information'

The Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) A spokesman for the Iraqi government says U.S. 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.

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.


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