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Iraq PM sacks 36 army officers in anti-corruption drive

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi gives a press conference on October 20, 2014 in the Iraqi central shrine city of NajafIraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Wednesday sacked 36 army officers in an anti-corruption drive at a time when the military is locked in conflict with Islamic State group jihadists. His office said that Abadi, who also serves as armed forces commander in chief, and has already sacked a number of senior army officers, dismissed 26 military commanders and sent 10 into retirement. Abadi also named 18 commanders of new defence ministry posts, his office said, as part of efforts to “reinforce the military along professional lines and fight all forms of corruption”. Defence Minister Khaled al-Obaidi vowed last month to investigate military failings that allowed the Islamic State group to overrun large areas of Iraq and to hold those responsible to account.

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