Iraq probe finds Ma­liki re­spon­si­ble for Mo­sul fall

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

An Iraqi par­lia­men­tary in­ves­ti­ga­tion holds for­mer premier Nuri al-Ma­liki and 35 oth­ers re­spon­si­ble for the fall of sec­ond city Mo­sul to ji­hadists last year, law­mak­ers said Sun­day.

In­ves­tiga­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber MP Abdulrahim al-Sham­mari said that Ma­liki, who was prime min­is­ter from 2006 un­til last year, was among those named, as did another mem­ber who de­clined to be iden­ti­fied.

The re­port de­tail­ing find­ings of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been pre­sented to par­lia­ment speaker Salim alJuburi, who said it will be sent to the pros­e­cu­tor gen­eral for le­gal ac­tion.

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

The I slamic State group launched a dev­as­tat­ing of­fen­sive on June 9 last year, over­run- ning Mo­sul the next day and then sweep­ing through large ar­eas north and west of Bagh­dad.

Mul­ti­ple Iraqi di­vi­sions col­lapsed dur­ing the ini­tial as­sault in the north, in some cases aban­don­ing weapons and other equip­ment that then fell into ji­hadist hands.

Ma­liki is widely viewed as hav­ing ex­ac­er­bated sec­tar­ian ten­sions be­tween the coun­try’s Shi­ite ma­jor­ity and the Sunni Arab mi­nor­ity.

Wide­spread

dis­con­tent among Sunni Arabs, who say they were marginal­izede and tar­geted by Ma­liki’s gov­ern­ment, played a ma­jor role in wors­en­ing the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in Iraq, cul­mi­nat­ing in the dis­as­trous ji­hadist of­fen­sive.

He also ap­pointed com­man­ders based on per­sonal loy­alty rather than com­pe­tence, and was com­man­der-in-chief of the armed forces dur­ing two years in which the Iraqi mil­i­tary did not carry out nec­es­sary train­ing, lead­ing to a de­cline in skills.

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