Iraq's phantom army

December 2, 2014 2:22 AM

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A corruption scandal has rocked the Iraqi army after it was found to have been paying wages to tens of thousands of non-existent soldiers. This also explains its defeats at the hands of the “Islamic State.”

The Iraqi army did not cut a good figure in June 2014. In the battle for the city of Mosul, 60,000 soldiers surrendered to around 1,200 fighters of the terrorist group “Islamic State” with no significant resistance. The militiamen simply stormed in with their ultra-modern equipment and put the Iraqi...

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