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Iraq’s Abadi fires 26 commanders in army shakeup

By Rudaw 12/11/2014
PM Abadi meets new commanders in Baghdad. Photo: Rudaw
PM Abadi meets new commanders in Baghdad. Photo: Rudaw
BAGHDAD – Iraq’s Prime Minister Haidar Abadi fired 26 senior officers and named 18 new commanders on Wednesday in a major shakeup of the military intended to restore public trust in the army.

The move comes some six months after Iraqi units fled in the face of a takeover of much of the west of the country by a numerically inferior Islamic State force.

“Military commanders must be brave and loyal so that they can motivate their soldiers,” he said as he welcomed the new appointees.

He told them they had to restore trust in the armed forces that had been lost due to internal and external political pressures.

A statement posted on the prime minister’s website said the shakeup was part of efforts to reinforce the work of the military on the basis of professionalism and fighting graft in all its forms.

Associated Press quoted a government official as saying the sackings followed the findings of a probe carried out by an investigator appointed last month by Abadi to probe corruption in the military.

Abadi is commander-in-chief under the Iraqi constitution but, unlike his predecessor Nuri al-Maliki, he has appointed a defence minister. Maliki, now a vice-president, kept that office for himself during his two terms in office.

The Iraqi armed forces are engaged with ISIS on a number of fronts, aided by air strikes carried out by the US-led coalition. The army has more than a quarter of a million soldiers and twice as many reserves.

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Hersh | 12/11/2014
The joke of an army is composed of either different militias, or corrupt incompetent generals who recruit family and friend because they get a cut of their salary. These recruits don't show up for anything else than picking up their pay check, both the recruits and the generals sell the arms and equipment they receive from the state on the black marked. The only functioning and professional Iraqi unit is the special Golden Brigades which is run by a Kurdish general.
JustAnother | 12/11/2014
Great start! Better late than never. Now please fire the rest.
Rodwil Achar
Rodwil Achar | 13/11/2014
To all Kurds Afrin is in danger Islam gang Al Nusra front marching toward Afrin canton/ Afrin need help.
JamKurd | 13/11/2014
Maliki should be the person who needs to be fired and tried for losing 1/3 of the country that resulted in thousands of innocent civilians and military personnel killed. Yet he has been elevated to vice president!!!
stalin | 13/11/2014
I do not agree with this decision!! It is a shame and shows what kind of army we have in iraq! We have a war-situation in homeland! Martial law applies! You are soldier? You betrayed? In case of guilty you get executed!

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