Our Coalition Ally: Iraq’s Army Has 50,000 ‘Ghost Soldiers’ In The Ranks

The Iraqi army includes 50,000 “ghost soldiers” who do not exist, but their officers receive their salaries fraudulently according to the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. “The Prime Minister revealed the existence of 50,000 fictitious names,” said a statement after a thorough headcount during the latest salary payments.

The Iraqi army has long been notorious for being wholly corrupt with officers invariably paying for their jobs in order to make money either through drawing the salaries of non-existent soldiers or through various other scams. One Iraqi politician told The Independent a year ago that Iraqi officers “are not soldiers, they are investors”. In the years before the defeat of the army in Mosul in June by a much smaller force from Isis, Iraqi units never conducted training exercises. At the time of Isis’s Mosul offensive, government forces in Mosul were meant to total 60,000 soldiers and federal police but the real figure was probably closer to 20,000.

  • Exile1981

    This is why democracy doesn’t work in muslim nations. It’s all about your family and tribe and they can’t work as a larger unit unless it is a religious war.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    All this and they run at the sight of the enemy (leaving US arms behind). :rolleyes

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Washington sure knows how to embrace losers as steadfast allies.