Prime Minister says Iraqi army has 50,000 'ghost soldiers' on payroll

December 1, 2014 5:56 AM

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Prime Minister says Iraqi army has 50,000 'ghost soldiers' on payroll

June 25, 2014: An Iraqi volunteer force chant slogans against the Al Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant during training in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, 50 miles south of Baghdad. (AP Photo/Ahmed al-Husseini)

Iraq's Prime Minister said Sunday that the country's army has been paying salaries to at least 50,000 soldiers who do not exist, the latest sign of corruption in a force that the U.S. hopes to help contain the Islamic State militant group.

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