March 1, 2016
With the jihadis able to bomb Baghdad and elsewhere with apparent impunity, Mohammed al-Ghabban tells Patrick Cockburn that it is a legacy of the country’s bloated bureaucracy and pervasive bribery.
When Mohammed al-Ghabban became Interior Minister of Iraq in 2014, he found that he was employing 230 brigadier generals and 660,000 policemen.
The vastly bloated size of the Iraqi security forces, most of whose members hold their jobs through political patronage, goes a long way to explaining why they cannot stop Isis bombers murdering people in the streets and markets of Baghdad.
Seventy-three people died in a single incident in the Sadr City district of the capital last Sunday and another 40 died when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a funeral at Muqdadiya in Diyala province.