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Iraq Premier Fires Army Commanders Amid Battle With ISIL

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki fired at least four senior officers after the collapse of the army’s northern command last week, as troops engaged Islamist militants north of Baghdad.

Maliki dismissed the three top generals who were in charge of operations in Nineveh province after an al-Qaeda breakaway group captured Mosul, Iraq’s biggest northern city. He also fired the commander of the army’s Third Infantry Division after he “fled the battle scene,” according to a decree read on state-sponsored Iraqiya television today.