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Most US warplanes assigned to bomb ISIL never do that: Official

US jets conducting a mission over Iraq in 2015. (AFP Photo)

Iraq’s former national security advisor says most US fighter jets deployed to bomb terrorists in the Arab country return to their bases without engaging terrorist positions, Press TV reports.

Mowaffak al-Rubaie on Sunday sharply criticized the US-led airstrikes against the ISIL as ineffective.

From where I sit in Baghdad, said Rubaie, "eight out of each 10" aircraft loaded with ammunition return to their bases without striking their targets. 

“Only two out of ten strike their targets in Iraq,” he told Press TV in an exclusive interview.

Rubaie also demanded the United States to speed up the process of supplying Iraq with weapons Iraqi forces require, saying Washington must immediately deliver the weapons and military hardware that Baghdad has paid for in the past.

There are weapons that the Iraqi government has paid for in the past but has not received yet, Rubaie noted.

According to Rubaie, some of the weapons that Baghdad is waiting for the US to send over can potentially turn the tables around on the ground in the fight against ISIL.

The terrorist organization has been wreaking havoc in the Middle East, including Iraq, after taking over one of the largest cities there, Mosul, last June. It recently seized Ramadi, which is only 100 kilometers away from Baghdad, the country’s capital.

“I think the United States government needs and should and ought to do a lot more,” in Iraq, he said.

The United States and dozens of its allies have been launching airstrikes against the ISIL terrorist group in Iraq since August.

The US has been also carrying out similar air raids against ISIL positions in Syria since September.

This comes as many see the US and its regional allies as the leading supporters of the ISIL and other affiliated terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.


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