Iraq's prime minister retires over 300 officers to revamp army
Iran Press TV
Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:39PM
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has retired more than 300 military officers as part of efforts to restructure the army against the backdrop of the battle to drive the ISIL Takfiri terrorists out of the country.
Abadi "sent more than 300 officers at the Defense Ministry into retirement as part of a plan to reorganize the army and make it more effective and efficient," the media office of the Iraqi prime minister announced in a statement on Monday.
"A restructuring plan is needed for Iraqi forces to enhance their abilities to confront threats facing Iraqis," the statement added, but did not provide details on the ranks and positions of the officers, nor gave the reason why they were being sent into retirement.
Since taking office last August, Abadi has retired, reorganized, and repositioned hundreds of military officers and commanders in the Iraqi military.
Iraqi forces poised to recapture Albu Faraj
Units of Iraqi government forces, backed by tribal fighters, are preparing to launch an operation to take back the town of Albu Faraj in the troubled western province of Anbar.
A security source in Anbar, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the forces launched a number of rockets against ISIL positions as they are getting ready to liberate Albu Faraj, located more than 120 kilometers (74 miles) west of the capital, Baghdad, according to a report published by the Arabic-language news website, al-Masalah.
Anbar provincial governor Suhaib Ismail al-Rawi says three regiments of Iraqi security forces have arrived in the city of Ramadi, Anbar's capital, to participate in the offensive to recapture Albu Faraj.
ISIL started its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June 2014. The terrorists are currently in control of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city. They have also swept through parts of the country's Sunni Arab heartland ever since.
Iraqi soldiers, police units, Kurdish forces, Shia volunteers and Sunni tribesmen have been engaged in joint operations to drive the terrorists out of the areas they have seized.
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