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FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Today, Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi made the journey to Ramadi to proclaim victory in liberating the city from the Islamic State.
The declaration was premature as events made clear.
At some point this week, Ramadi may indeed be liberated -- or at least be ridded of the Islamic State. That point has not, however, been reached yet.
But he wants bragging rights.
The battle for Ramadi is hailed by the media as a 'victory' and it has nothing to do with whether or not Ramadi's liberated.
It has everything to do with propaganda and the never-ending struggle between the governments of the United States and Iran.
It goes back to Tikrit and March of this year when the mission to run the Islamic State out of the city began.
Iraqi forces stormed the area.
These were Iraqi military forces and the Shi'ite militias including the extremist, thuggish Shi'ite militias. This included the Badr Brigade led by thug Hadi al-Amiri who stood out in 2015 mainly for threatening the US Congress with violence until this month when, as Mona Alami (AL-MONITOR) notes, "Hadi al-Ameri, the powerful leader of the Badr forces in the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units, threatened in a statement Dec. 7 to attack any new US base in Iraq."
In Iraq and out of Iraq, Hadi al-Amiri is seen as a puppet for the government of Iran and he was seen as carrying out their orders in the efforts against Tikrit. In addition, Iranian forces were taking part in the battle and Quds Force Commander Qassem Soeimani was in Iraq.
The mission was a failure.
And the US government provided limited assistance until the Iranians left.
As a result of that departure, Shi'ite Iraqi thugs with links to Iran -- including Haid al-Amiri -- pulled back.
It was during the pull back that the US government increased air strikes and Tikrit was freed of the Islamic State -- though overrun with Shi'ite thugs. (When Ned Parker attempted to report this reality for REUTERS, his life was threatened and, despite nearly a decade covering Iraq for THE LOS ANGELES TIMES and REUTERS, he had to leave the country.)
The success in removing the Islamic State from Tikrit belonged to Iraqi forces and US air power.
In the battle for Ramadi (which remains ongoing), Iran's been left out of the party -- intentionally.
And bragging rights are out of its reach.
Haider used the Iraqi military and Sunni tribes and US bombings.
The rush to proclaim Ramadi a success is about the US getting credit and Iran losing out.
It's about Haider al-Abadi attempting to circumvent and weaken the Shi'ite militias.
It's about a great many things.
It is not, however, about Ramadi being liberated.
Ramadi is the after thought.
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