Dec 19 2012
By Ali Jassem
Azzaman, December 19, 2012
The government says it is determined to solve the issue of all the officers of the former army, which was disbanded shortly after the 2003-U.S. invasion.
It has set the end of 2013 to get the tens of thousands of officers either back to serve in the current army or put them on pension.
Thousands of cases have already been solved, according to Major Dhiya al-Wakeel, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense.
Wakeel said Prime Minister Noori al-Maliki has already agreed to add a new batch of more than 5,000 former army officers on the ministry retirement payrolls.
But only a few of the former army officers are allowed to return to service.
Wakeel said many of the officers have already reached the retirement age and some of them opt for the pension scheme the government is offering them.
The officers are entitled to the retirement benefits the ministry currently has in place and moreover they are given their dues since the time the former army was disbanded.
The disbanding of the former army, police and security forces is now seen as a rash and unwise decision by the U.S., which many blame for fueling the insurgency and violence that hit Iraq in the wake of U.S. occupation of the country.
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