An Iraqi Shi’ite militia leader accused government forces of “betrayal” as a split emerged between the Iranian-backed paramilitaries and the army over tactics for fighting Islamic State.

The head of the largest militia, Hadi al-Amiri, criticized the army for moving an armored brigade to the Makhmour area near Mosul – Islamic State’s capital in northern Iraq – while the battle to dislodge the militants from Fallujah, their stronghold near Baghdad, is still underway.

“Unfortunately there is an absence of precise planning for the military operations,” said Amiri, who leads the Badr Organisation. “I believe that sending a large number of armored vehicles and assets to Makhmour, under the pretext of the Mosul battle, is a betrayal of the battle for Fallujah,” he told Al-Sumaria TV on Sunday. […]