Iraq’s interim Prime Minister, Iyad Allawi, has said US-led international troops in the country shared the blame for the deaths of 49 army recruits in a weekend attack by militants. He said the killings were the outcome of “major neglect by some parts of the multinational forces”.
Allawi did not elaborate on the comments made during a press conference. But he said he had ordered an investigation into what was one of the bloodiest attacks against fledgling security forces. The unarmed Iraqi soldiers were shot as they were travelling home on leave. They were gunned down by guerrillas posing as police at a checkpoint near Baquba. Iraqi authorities are reportedly investigating whether the attackers were acting on inside information. Allawi is said to want to know why the recruits were not carrying weapons and why there was no armed escort.