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July 03, 2015
Iraq PM 'retires' army chief of staff: spokesman
Baghdad (AFP) June 29, 2015
Iraqi premier Haider al-Abadi has "retired" the army's chief of staff, the most senior officer removed since jihadists overran large parts of the country last year, his spokesman said Monday. General Babaker Zebari "has been retired" on Abadi's orders, Saad al-Hadithi told AFP, without providing further details. Abadi has sacked dozens of army and police officers in an effort to restructure and improve security forces that performed disastrously when the Islamic State jihadist group launched an ... read more

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Maliki blames 'conspiracies' for Iraq losses
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Iraq forces battle IS, more US troops heading to Anbar
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US mission could expand to more bases in Iraq: Pentagon
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Yazidi militia killed 21 in Iraq revenge attack: Amnesty
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Iraq allies vow support for bid to regain Ramadi from jihadists
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