Pentagon requests $1.2B for Iraqi army as investigation reveals Iraqi army paying at least 50, 000 soldiers who don’t exist

http://www.legitgov.org/Pentagon-requests-12B-Iraqi-army-investigation-reveals-Iraqi-army-paying-least-50000-soldiers-who-do

Pentagon requests $1.2B for Iraqi army as investigation reveals Iraqi army paying at least 50,000 soldiers who don’t exist 30 Nov 2014 The Iraqi army has been paying salaries to at least 50,000 soldiers who don’t exist, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Sunday, an indication of the level of corruption that permeates an institution that the United States has spent billions equipping and arming. A preliminary investigation into “ghost soldiers” — whose salaries are being drawn but who are not in military service — revealed the tens of thousands of false names on Defense Ministry rolls, Abadi told parliament Sunday…The Pentagon has requested $1.2 billion to train and equip the Iraqi army next year. The United States spent more than $20 billion on the force from the 2003 invasion until U.S. troops withdrew at the end of 2011.

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