Ramadi IDPs find Restrictions, not Refuge, in Baghdad

Since the first major exodus of Ramadi's population on April 19, the political leadership committed grave errors. Not only did it fail to interpret the real cause of this displacement, but it also questioned the political backgrounds of displaced people and their knowledge of what was happening around them.

The political leadership then reduced its own vigilance and ability to take prompt measures against IS, which ultimately took over the city.

The leadership continued its wrongful interpretation by failing to embrace the displaced on the human and national levels, even though in doing so it could have improved the deteriorating relations between Iraq's Sunnis and Shiites.

Real opportunities were lost so far in terms of consolidation of national unity to confront the terrorist aggression. Despite previous mistakes, today there is a new Iraqi consensus on the need to free Anbar from the clutches of the terrorist organization.

There is no doubt that this consensus is a new opportunity to invest all energy to achieving this goal, by refraining from stirring and promoting sectarianism and aligning the actions of the army, security forces and the popular mobilization forces with the hopes of Anbar's population.

Moreover, military units from the displaced themselves must undergo swift training to be one of the top liberators.

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