Iraq says it found 50,000 'ghost soldiers' on payroll

December 1, 2014 4:36 PM

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Iraq says it found 50,000 'ghost soldiers' on payroll

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's new government has discovered 50,000 "ghost soldiers" who received army salaries without showing up for work, a practice which accelerated the military's collapse in the face of Islamic State fighters six months ago.

The names were uncovered in an investigation launched by Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, who took office in September, his spokesman Rafid Jaburi said.

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