Nuri Al-Maliki, others blamed for Mosul fall

Nuri Al-Maliki, others blamed for Mosul fall
Updated 16 August 2015

Nuri Al-Maliki, others blamed for Mosul fall

Nuri Al-Maliki, others blamed for Mosul fall

BAGHDAD: An Iraqi parliamentary panel called on Sunday for dozens of security and political officials, including former Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki, to be referred to court in connection with the fall of the northern city of Mosul to Daesh.

The indictment of Al-Maliki, who remains a powerful figure in Iraq’s complex political landscape, and other senior officials comes a week after Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi launched a sweeping campaign to combat corruption and mismanagement that he argued had made the country nearly impossible to govern.
In the panel’s report, seen by Reuters and confirmed as accurate by three of its members, the committee also placed responsibility for the June 2014 defeat with former Mosul Gov. Atheel Al-Nujaifi, former Acting Defense Minister Sadoun Al-Dulaimi, former army chief Gen. Babakir Zebari and Lt. Gen. Mahdi Al-Gharrawi, former operational commander of Nineveh province, of which Mosul is the capital.
Others accused include Nineveh police commander Maj. Gen. Khalid Hamdani and former Deputy Interior Minister Adnan Assadi.
There has been no official accounting of how Mosul was lost, and who gave the order to abandon the fight. The fall of the city — Iraq’s second largest — was a turning point in Daesh’s seizure of large swathes of the country’s north and west in a sweep across the Syrian border last year.
An investigation by Reuters in October showed how troop shortages in Mosul and infighting among top officers and Iraqi political leaders played into Daesh’s hands and fueled panic that led to the city’s abandonment. Al-Maliki has accused unnamed countries, commanders and rival politicians of plotting the fall of Mosul.
The parliamentary report was approved by 16 of the panel’s 24 members, lawmaker Muhsin Sadoun said.
Panel member Mohammed Al-Karabouli said Parliament would vote on the report’s findings on Monday and then refer it to Abadi, the prosecutor general and the integrity commission.
“No one is above the law and accountability to the people,” said Parliament Speaker Saleem Al-Jabouri in a statement upon receiving the report. “The judiciary will punish perpetrators and delinquents.”