Iraq fires 1,300 police and soldiers in south

Iraq's government has fired 1,300 police and soldiers because of their failure to perform during fighting last month with Sadr army.

Iraq fires 1,300 police and soldiers in south
Iraq's government has fired 1,300 police and soldiers because of their failure to perform during fighting last month with Sadr army in the south of the country, an Interior Ministry spokesman said.

Major-General Abdul-Karim Khalaf said more than 900 were fired in the southern city of Basra, where Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki launched a crackdown on Sadr army that triggered Iraq's worst fighting since the first half of 2007.

The rest were fired in the southern Shi'ite province of Wasit, where the fighting spread.

Iraqi officials have acknowledged that 1,000 soldiers refused to fight in the campaign.

Last Mod: 13 Nisan 2008, 17:42
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