Iraq’s PM Orders Changes in Senior Military Ranks

QNA24.05.2013 Iraq
Iraq’s PM Orders Changes in Senior Military Ranks

Iraq’s PM Orders Changes in Senior Military Ranks

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An Iraqi government spokesman says Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has ordered changes in senior ranks of the military in the wake of bloody attacks that have killed dozens of people in the past few days.

Ali al-Moussawi said on Wednesday that the shakeup will include Commanders of divisions and operation commands nationwide.

Al-Moussawi would not give more details on the decree, which was issued on Tuesday.

Iraq has witnessed a series of deadly attacks since last week by car bombs and shootings that killed at least 279 people and further raised tensions between Sunnis and the Shiite-led government.

The escalation in violence against Iraq's Sunni and Shiite communities has been reminiscent of some of the worst carnage that put the country on the brink of civil war in 2006-2007.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi Minister of Defense, Sadoun al-Dilaimi, as well as the accompanied delegation met Qatar’s Deputy Emir and Heir Apparent Sheikh, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, at the Emiri Diwan Office in Qatar on Thursday.

Qatar News Agency QNA cited “Al Thani received Dilaimi and his accompanying delegation during their visit to Qatar.”

“The Iraqi minister arrived in Doha earlier Wednesday on a multi-day visit to Qatar,” the statement concluded.


Source: The Associated Press; QNA



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