Iraq PM calls up reserve officers to active duty
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki Thursday, June 19, ordered back to duty security officers not currently serving in active units to bolster forces battling a militant offensive that has overrun swathes of territory.
"Officers from brigadier general and lower have been transferred ... to units according to their specialization and classification," he said in a statement read on state television.
The order applies to an unknown number of officers who are still officially members of the security forces but not currently assigned to active duty units.
The officers will be assessed for a period of three months and those who are not deemed capable will be retired, the premier said.
The announcement comes as militants hold a swathe of territory covering areas of four provinces in northern and central Iraq, which they overran in a matter of days. (READ: Iraq PM under fire as US mulls air strikes on militants)
Security forces performed poorly when faced with the initial militant offensive, in some cases deserting and fleeing.
They appear to have at least somewhat recovered from the shock of the onslaught, regaining ground in some areas, but militants have still managed to advance in others. – Rappler.com