Iraq PM Abadi retires two top generals after Islamic State conquests

September 23, 2014 2:29 PM

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Iraq PM Abadi retires two top generals after Islamic State conquests

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi retired two senior generals on Tuesday as part of an overhaul of armed forces that collapsed this summer in the face of Islamic State insurgents who seized wide areas of northern and western Iraq.

The two commanders had been close allies of Abadi's predecessor Nuri al-Maliki, a Shi'ite Muslim widely blamed for sectarian rule that alienated Iraqi Sunni Muslims and abetted the rise of the ultra-radical Sunni Islamic State insurgency.

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