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IMIS blames Abadi for delaying battle to liberate Tel Afar

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi

IMIS leaders have blamed Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi for delaying the battle to liberate Tel Afar, northwest of Mosul, from ISIS militants under international and regional pressure.

In statements on Saturday, IMIS leader Gawad al-Telebawi said there are intensive political pressures exercised on Abadi by local politicians to impede the entry of IMIS troops to Tal Afar.

He also claimed that regional pressures have been practiced to prevent IMIS from reaching out to intelligence officers who run and guide the moves of ISIS militants in the region.

He also accused Abadi of succumbing to such pressures despite the readiness of IMIS troops to launch a massive operation to retake the city from ISIS.

IMIS have been liberating villages and capturing strategic sites from ISIS, but they are not preferred by the Iraqi government to participate in the operation to take the town for fear that the mostly Sunni Turkmen town will not welcome the Shi’ite militia.

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