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Findings of Iraq parliamentary probe on Mosul fall released

Iran Press TV

Aug 16, 2015 3:13PM

An Iraqi parliamentary investigative committe has released its findings on the fall of the northern city of Mosul to Takfiri Daesh terrorists, holding a number of senior Iraqi officials, including former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, responsible for the setback.

Abdulrahim al-Shammari, an Iraqi lawmaker and a member of the investigative team, said on Sunday that a total of 36 officials were found responsible by the committee for the fall of Iraq’s second largest city.

Apart from Maliki, who was prime minister from 2006 until 2014, Atheel al-Nujaifi, the former governor of Mosul; Sadoun al-Dulaimi, the former acting defense minister; General Babakir Zebari, the former army chief; Lieutenant General Mahdi al-Gharrawi, the former operational commander of Nineveh Province, of which Mosul is the capital; Major General Khalid Hamdani, the Nineveh police commander; and Adnan al-Assadi, the former deputy interior minister were among those found responsible by the parliamentary committee for the fall of the city.

The details of the findings of the investigation have reportedly been submitted to Salim al-Juburi, the Iraqi parliament speaker.

“No one is above the law and the questioning of the people, and the judiciary will punish those” responsible, Juburi said in a statement.

He said that the report of the investigative committee will be sent to the prosecutor general for legal action.

The Daesh Takfiris took over Mosul last June and later seized swathes of land in northern and western Iraq. The terrorists have since been committing heinous crimes against the people of all faiths and communities in the areas under their control.

Units of army soldiers and volunteer fighters are seeking to win back militant-held regions in joint operations. In late March, Iraqi forces retook control of the city of Tikrit, a major Daesh stronghold south of Mosul, from the Takfiri militants.

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