His spokesman Rafid Jaboori said: "The prime minister revealed the existence of 50,000 fictitious names.We need more ghosts in ISIS, I know that for sure...
“Over the past few weeks, the PM has been cracking down to expose the ghost soldiers and get to the root of the problem.”
The announcement is an indication that he intends further action against state corruption in the military and beyond. Earlier this month he sacked 36 army commanders in a move intended to improve the efficiency of the military and to reduce graft.
Mr Jaboori added: “Haidaral-Abadi is setting integrity, efficiency and courage as the criteria to
appoint a new military leadership. This weeding out process will extend beyond the military to all state institutions.”
Fictitious soldiers, known as 'fadhaiyin', are created to provide extra income for officers and the more senior the rank the more ‘ghost’ incomes there are.
Monday, December 01, 2014
What a funny old part of the world...
Iraqi army revealed to have 50,000 ‘ghost soldiers’ on its roll - Middle East - World - The Independent