Retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Oliver North says the 300 U.S. advisers sent to Iraq shouldn't do anything for the rest of this week, because the Islamic holy of month of Ramadan begins on Saturday, breaking out an essential 30-day truce.
"Everything stops on Ramadan," North said Wednesday on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren."
He said he has spent 11 of the last 13 Ramadans in the region and has observed that neither side, including U.S. forces, engages in warfare during the period.
"We're not going to launch air strikes during Ramadan. We've never done that unless a U.S. unit was about to be overrun," he said. "No. 2, they will stop because the fast goes from literally sunrise to sunset. And, of course, they party all night just to make up for the loss of food and water."
North predicts ISIS, the terror group controlling a large swath of northern Iraq and parts of eastern Syria will consolidate its control of Iraq's Anbar Province during Ramadan. Between now and then, he said, ISIS will try to take as many places as it can.
He said Americans there should stay inside Baghdad's Green Zone to avoid the risk of kidnapping.
He said the United States should make no deals with Iran, but allow the country to be the one to take any action against ISIS during Ramadan if it wants. Iran has an interest in keeping its supply routes open so it can ship supplies to Syria's Basher Assad in that country's civil war.
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