The decision by Iraq’s prime minister to sack and retire 36 top-ranking army officers is the talk of Baghdad. Many people have been blaming corruption in the army for its collapse versus ISIL.
But few thought Haider al-Abadi, supposedly prime minister to execute the wishes of the powerful domestic interests that put him in the job, would act so decisively.
“I think that the decision by the prime minister and commander-in-chief of the armed forces to sack a number of military commanders and retire others is a brave move that comes at the right time, as the military institution is suffering from many setbacks,” said Baghdad resident Hussein.
Shaking up the army is one thing, but taking the fight to the enemy is what’s needed if ISIL is to be eliminated in Iraq, and that needs changes says this analyst:
“To reform the security sector we need better-trained, higher-quality commanders who can build efficient training and combat programmes and methods,” said Ahmed al-Sharifi.
Iraq needs its army on the move again as soon as possible as the Shi’ite militias currently helping hold the line are unreliable and have alientated many Sunnis with accusations of torture, executions, and other crimes.