WASHINGTON — The recently-minted Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, forcibly retired two Iraqi senior generals for failing to stop the military advance of the al-Qaeda offshoot militant group Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL).
Reuters reported that the generals were close allies of Abadi’s ousted predecessor, Nuri al-Maliki, who was a Shi’a Muslim leader and whose religious affiliation caused friction between Sunni Muslims and Shi’a Muslims in Iraq.
Generals Abboud Qanbar, who was the country’s acting defense ministry secretary-general, and Ali Ghaidan, former ground commander of the Iraqi armed forces, were relieved of their active duty. Both are Shi’a Muslims.
The Islamic State is a radical, terrorist Sunni Muslim group that is terrorizing the Iraqi and Syrian countryside with their imposition of strict sharia law in the territories they control.