Abadi shakes up military leadership after Anbar massacre

After dozens of Iraqi Army and militia fighters died in an ambush by IS militants – the latest setback in a 10-month fight for Anbar – Iraq's new PM has fired two top generals.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (second from left) and Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari (third from left) meeting with Arab leaders and U.S. President Barack Obama and advisors Sept. 23, 2014 in New York City ahead of the annual UN General Assembly. (SPENCER PLATT/Getty Images)

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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