When Mosul fell to ISIS in June of 2014, the world was shocked that the group – which at that juncture, was just beginning to make a name for itself – could possibly have overrun the US-trained and armed Iraqi army to take control of the country’s second-largest city.
“The city fell like a plane without an engine,” a Mosul businessman who fled to Erbil said at the time. “They were firing their weapons into the air, but no one was shooting at them.”
That account reinforces the notion that the Iraqi regulars effectively ran away in the face of the ISIS advance. Here’s what Ash Carter said after Ramadi fell: “The Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight. They were not outnumbered. In fact they vastly outnumbered the opposing force and yet they failed to fight and withdrew from the site…We can give them training, we can give them equipment. We obviously can’t give them the will to fight.”
No Ash, you can’t, and when you hand over equipment to soldiers with no will to fight, that equipment usually ends up in the “wrong” hands which is exactly what happened after the Iraqi regulars abandoned Mosul. After routing the Iraqi forces, ISIS seized 2,300 humvees and then proceeded to loot some $429 million in cash from the city’s central bank. This made Obama’s terrorist “jayvee squad” one of the most well armed, well funded extremist groups in history.