“America is not and never has been my enemy,” Amiri told NBC. The U.S. airstrikes “could be very important,” and U.S. trainers would help the Iraqi army. Earlier, Amiri had hosted U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Stuart Jones, at his house in Baghdad.
Amiri added that the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), the umbrella organizations of predominantly Shia militias, is capable of retaking Ramadi in weeks, not months. “We stopped ISIL when they were 12 to 15 miles from Baghdad,” Amiri said. Taking Fallujah, however, should have priority, Amiri added.
Photo credit: Badr Organization Chairman Hadi al-Amiri (Cheryl Simpson/NBC)