150 IS terrorist Killed , Samarra Island recaptured by Iraqi forces , IS No.2 Killed , IS terrorist using Chemical Weapons


Iraqi forces Recapture Samaraa IslandJNN 24 Aug 2015 Damascus : Iraqi Defense Ministry Spokesman Yahya Abdul Rasoul said that the country’s army men stormed the ISIL Takfiri terrorists’ centers and retook full control over the island of Samarra in Salahuddin province. Continue reading

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Iraqi Forces With Joint efforts of Shia Militia Win Back Another Strategic Region , Besiege ISIL terrorists


Iraqi Forces with Shia Militia Win another Strategic Region , Besiege ISILJNN 14 Aug 2015 Baghdad : The Iraqi army and popular forces continued their advances in the Western parts of Iraq, and seized back a strategic region in the city of Ramadi in Anbar province. Continue reading

Iraqi PM Exposes Vast Corruption in Army , Result Shows 30% ” Ghost Soldiers “


Ghost Soldiers in Iraqi ArmyJNN 06 Dec 2014 Baghdad :  Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says a probe results show there are 50,000 “ Ghost soldiers” in the Iraqi army.    

“The prime minister revealed the existence of 50,000 fictitious names,” Abadi’s spokesman Rafid Jaboori said on Sunday, adding, “Over the past few weeks, the premier has been cracking down to expose the ghost soldiers and get to the root of the problem.”

The Iraqi prime minister discovered the existence of the soldiers after conducting an official head-count of the army during the payment phase.

“Haidar al-Abadi is setting integrity, efficiency, and courage as the criteria to appoint a new military leadership. This weeding out process will extend beyond the military to all state institutions,” the spokesman added.

The “ghost soldiers”, aka “fadhaiyin,” are fictitious soldiers formulated to be a source of extra income for officers.

“There are two kinds of fadhaiyin,” AFP quoted an officer in the security forces as saying. “The first kind: each officer is allowed, for example, five guards. He’ll keep two, send three home, and pocket their salary or an agreed percentage.

“Then the second and bigger group is at the brigade level. A brigade commander usually has 30, 40, or more soldiers who stay at home or don’t exist. The problem is that he, too, to keep his job as a brigade commander, has to bribe his own hierarchical superiors with huge amounts of money.”

Up to 30 percent of the Iraqi army could be imaginary, Mohammed Othman al-Khalidi, a former member of the Iraqi Parliament said recently.

“It could be more than triple this number,” said Hamid al-Mutlaq, a member of the parliamentary defense and security committee, adding, “The people who are responsible for this should be punished. Iraq’s safe has been emptied.”

The Iraqi premier has vowed to identify the elements behind the corruption in the army and bring them to justice.

On November 12, al-Abadi dismissed 26 military commanders and retired 10 more in an anti-corruption drive.

“The military leadership should have competence, and this is an important thing, as it is not possible for someone who is not efficient to do his work properly,” Abadi said via state television.

The prime minister’s military shakeup has been deemed an apparent effort to improve the Iraqi army’s performance against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists.

On October 7, Iraq’s top Shia cleric, Ayatollah Ali Sistani, linked corruption in the armed forces to ISIL’s capture of large regions in the country.

Corruption in the military is one of the reasons morale in the Iraqi army was so low. There was also nepotism, in the government of former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is working now as the Deputy Prime Minister.

Abadi took office in September after weeks of post-election power struggle. Among his first moves was the sacking several military commanders in an attempt to mobilize the armed forces to fight the IS.

The US-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the IS is considering retaking the territories by sending boots on the ground the job to assist the Iraqi army. So far the most vigorous force opposing the IS’ expansion is the Kurdish militia, both in Iraq and in Syria.

The ISIL militants have been committing terrible atrocities in Iraq and Syria, including mass executions and beheading of local residents as well as foreign nationals.

Iraqi army soldiers have been fighting the ISIL terrorists for nearly six months now. The troops have pledged to make more gains in their battle against the extremist group.

Iraqi Army and Volunteers Advances in Kirkuk & Tikrit against ISIL Terrorists, Make Major Gains , Atleast 60 Killed 70 Vehciles Destroyed


Iraqi Forces and Volunteeers Advances in Kirkuk and TikritJNN 01 July 2014 Baghdad : Iraqi armed forces have killed over 60 ISIL terrorists and destroyed more than 70 of their vehicles in the latest operation in Tikrit. Continue reading

US pushes Iraqi MPs for stay beyond 2011, while Iraqi hezbollah vows reprisal


JNN 22 Aug 2011 WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday he thinks progress has been made in talks with Baghdad on maintaining some U.S. military presence in Iraq after the end-of-year deadline for withdrawing American forces. Continue reading