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Iraqi anti terrorism general passed away

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  1. SALMAN F

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    http://www.sof.news/iraq/mg-fadhil-al-barwari/


    Major General Fadhil Barwari, commander of the 1st Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) Brigade, Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (CTS), was a central figure in the Iraqi ethos in the struggle against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and more importantly, a much-needed symbol in bridging ethnic and sectarian divides in Iraq. [1]

    Barwari died, at age 52, in the Kurdistan Region capital of Erbil. He was born in 1966 in Dohuk (located in northern Iraq not far from the Turkish border).

    A Kurd and former member of the Peshmerga [2], he was a part of ISOF since its inception in 2003. Extremely active in social media, Barwari was outspoken in emphasizing the non-sectarian and non-ethnic nature of ISOF and CTS, which he came to personify as a high-ranking Kurdish officer serving in the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) after 2014, when many Kurds left to join the Peshmerga.

    Barwari participated in almost all the major battles against ISIS and was immensely popular in Iraq; during the height of the anti-ISIS campaign, his image was everywhere on the internet. Always a public figure, before the rise of ISIS in 2014, he was often misidentified in the Iraqi press as the overall commander of the CTS instead of as the commander of the 1st ISOF Brigade. His brigade was the oldest and most proficient of the three ISOF brigades in CTS and had a reputation for providing care for civilians and avoiding civilian casualties. The 1st ISOF Brigade was the spearhead force of CTS, containing its most elite units, and CTS as a whole is largely credited as the primary force Iraq depended on to liberate urban areas from ISIS.

    Barwari, never without a cigarette, had an easy-going nature, was very pro-US, and was considered extremely easy to work with by US advisors and trainers. He maintained close relationships with senior US special operations forces (SOF) leaders throughout the years, and he repeatedly emphasized his close U.S. ties.

    MG Barwari was not without controversy. He was largely blamed for the fall of Ramadi to ISIS in May 2015, where he commanded ISOF. In reality, ISOF was the only ISF unit in Ramadi offering significant resistance to ISIS, and after other ISF retreated from the city, Barwari was force to withdraw to prevent his unit from being cut off and destroyed. In 2017, two former U.S. defense contractors in testimony to a U.S. federal court accused Barwari of having paid them hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks as part of a U.S. defense contract to rent land at an extremely inflated cost that Barwari owned near the Baghdad International Airport. [3]

    Following his death from a heart attack in September 2018, mourning gatherings for him occurred in many locations in Iraq. The gathering in Baghdad was attended by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi. Iraq has lost a central icon that made Iraqis proud of the unity of their nation as a place where all sectarian groups and ethnicities can live and work together to achieve a common purpose
     
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    The one that lost Mosul?
    Amazing how General’s Rank has been cheapened in the Arab world...I guess even in his death bed, he was given the title of shaheed....
     
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    He is not the one who lost Mosul it was ghidan and algharawi and qambar
     
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    What’s the difference, the GI’s are still calling the shots....
     
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    No they're not.
    And ISOF (the group he's from) is one of the competent forces in the Arab world, MENA region. Proven by actual combat and continuous difficult missions since 2004 with a high rate of success and effectiveness as seen and described by military figures of all kinds.
     
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    I have seen an American tv clip about these guys the prodcaster asked or interviewed an American general or officer who were training them if they're good he said they're good and even better than our guys the prodcaster asked him even better than our guys he confirmed it that was long time ago I couldn't find that interview it was on-site interview alas I didn't save it
     
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    Video you're speaking off is of 2007 long ago (see below) these are the early days of ISOF when they were conducting COIN small-scale raids on high-profile targets. They've transformed to a force that could lead any fight and take the same role US Special forces take in other countries to advise/assist now.

     
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    Did you hear that (they're phenomenal)

    I really appreciate your input many thanks

    I would use these guys who trained by green Beret and the Navy seal to train the army their techniques it would great
     
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    Somehow, don't know why ISOF never trains the army, they're kept separate completely
     
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    They are well equipped, they look good in pictures...just like Egyptians and other Arab special forces...But they still an Arab force...The only one that American respects in that area, are the Jordanians ....The rest are just what they are, good for taking pictures...
     
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    They cleared Ramadi, Fallujah, Mosul, Baiji fighting against an enemy that is tougher than any other Jihadi group, Mosul was the most intense urban warfare since WW2 as described by American generals. No other operation in Syria or PKK or Yemen or any of that can be compared to it.
     
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    You didn't see the video when he said they're phenomenal and she compared them to the American counterpart

    Yes we Arab but we're serious that's why our country destroyed for that reason especially today
    But how about you guys what terrorists had done to you have you forgotten stop your nonsense
     
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    If that is the truth..Then, why Americans SF are still based in Iraq as well as the Brits, the French and others...You may be serious about your country in getting it cleaned up, but the reality your armed forces are very limited in what they can accomplish by their loyalty...which always to the tribe they belong to before the state, and religious sect is definitively a handicap....

    Please..save the bravado to others....It was the US forces that made the difference...You can’t compare what Syria or Yemen to the Iraqi scene...Iraqis problem was an inside problem, You haven’t been attacked by NATO, the US, the Arabs...Save the Arabs States, NATO ,the US and all their allies helped Iraq...
     
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    https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/David-Witty-Paper_Final_Web.pdf
     
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