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Mr Carter told CNN’s State of the Union the Iraqis “vastly outnumbered” the IS forces but chose to withdraw. …
Mr Carter said: “What apparently happened is the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight. They were not outnumbered. In fact, they vastly outnumbered the opposing force.”
He added: “We can give them training, we can give them equipment – we obviously can’t give them the will to fight.”
Mr Carter said the supply of training and equipment would continue, in the hope it would develop such a will.
He defended the US policy of carrying out air strikes in support of Iraqi ground forces and said the ultimate defeat of IS would depend on the Iraqi people.