The Iraqi Army Has Been Paying 50,000 Fake Soldiers

December 1, 2014 8:30 PM

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Why pay actual soldiers when you can make up fictitious troops — and pocket their salaries?

As Al Jazeera reported, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi revealed a troubling stat on Sunday: The Iraqi army has 50,000 “ghost soldiers” — fake names used to siphon off government funds — on its payroll.

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