Iraqi premier sacks 24 interior ministry officials

December 1, 2014 5:23 PM

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister said on Monday that he has retired 24 Interior Ministry officials as part of efforts to restructure the country's security apparatus and enable it to better confront the threat from the Islamic State militant group.

Haider al-Abadi's announcement came as fighters with the Sunni extremist group attacked a police checkpoint near Iraq's border with Syria, killing at least 15 Iraqi officers in an assault that underscored the depth of the country's turmoil in the face of the IS group's onslaught.

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