ERBIL - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has fired two top army officials and announced a significant change to the chain of command, after anti-government militants ambushed and killed dozens of Iraqi soldiers Sunday in Anbar province.
The move to retire Joint Operations Commander Lt. Gen. Abboud Qanbar and Commander of Ground Forces Lt. Gen. Ali Ghaidan comes a day after Abadi issued "arrest warrants against regiment commanders who lacked due diligence in their performance of their duty in Saqlawiyah and al-Sajir, east of Fallujah," a statement by Abadi said.
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