Tue Aug 22, 2017 01:22PM
Iraqi forces, backed by the Popular Mobilization Forces, advance towards the city of Tal Afar, the main remaining stronghold of the Daesh group on August 21, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
Iraqi forces, backed by the Popular Mobilization Forces, advance towards the city of Tal Afar, the main remaining stronghold of the Daesh group on August 21, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
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American officials come to Iraq time and again to pretend they play a major role in the liberation of Tel Afar and Mosul, whereas the Iraqi army and their allies are the ones who expelled Daesh terrorists, says an analyst.

“Tal Afar could have been taken by the Popular Mobilization Forces single-handedly but ... it was a political decision to delay the whole operation in order to make sure that the Americans are there and they actually show and demonstrate that they are participating in the operation,” Zayd al-Isa told Press TV on Tuesday.

The comments come as the US Secretary of Defense James Mattis paid an unannounced visit to Iraq on Tuesday.

The Americans want to claim that “their presence in Iraq is of utmost importance” and the Iraqis could not tell them to withdraw their military forces from the Arab country, the Middle East expert said.