ISIS Must Be Stopped, Says Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi

ABC's Martha Raddatz reports from the front lines of the Iraqi military's fight against ISIS.
5:19 | 03/08/15

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involved. Well, Iran is a neighbor. I think we have the longest support with run Iran and feels itself under threat. So I think they're helping in a lot of ways. Many advisers. Reporter: One of those a revered commander of the Iranian quds force and staunch American adversary. During the Iraq war he oversaw militias responsible for hundreds of American deaths. Is one of those general suleimani, who is head of the quds force? Well, he comes and go. He is not residing here. He just comes and visits and then goes. Reporter: American officials while optimistic about the tikrit offensive are worried fearing Isis fighters will hide within the city, armed with suicide vests and booby traps. Another key part in liberating the country of Isis, clearing out anbar. We traveled to the front lines in Al anbar province west of Baghdad to see for ourselves how close the battle is being waged. I'm standing right on the front line. These are Iraqi security forces on this side and on the other side of that berm, Isis. And up on that berm, an Iraqi sniper. Can you spot Isis from your scope? Yeah. I can see. Reporter: The defense minister tells me that his troops are ready for battle. Their morale is high. Reporter: For the prime minister, what the Iraqis need are tactical victories, Al anbar, tikrit. If they can be successful, it will pave the way for a move on mosul, the heart of isis-controlled territory or da'esh as he refers to the jihadist group. Once we kick da we will have killed their own ambition. Reporter: The retaking of mosul, you said you need to take time and need to have your forces trained. Our timetable is not only time. It's factually on the ground. We have to achieve certain things on the ground. Reporter: The supply routes. Ly route number one. Air cover, number two. Preparation of our own armed forces, number three. Reporter: The prime minister insisting they will do this on their own timetable, possibly earlier than summer. I know some are surprised and unhappy in Washington because they haven't taken a full control over these operations but I think everybody must respect Iraqi sovereignty and we want to do it on our own and we have to take charge of what we are doing because it's Iraqi lives which have been sacrificed. Reporter: Along with many American lives before them. For "This week," Martha Raddatz, ABC news, Baghdad. Thanks to Martha for that, and we're going to be right back Test Text1 plain

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