BAGHDAD — Lawmakers in the Iraqi Parliament have overwhelmingly voted in favor of a motion to repatriate those dismissed from the ministries of defense and interior after the fall of Mosul, an Iraqi MP said on Saturday (January 7).
There are Kurdish nationals among those dismissed from the army, police and security institutions – some of whom resigned, absconded or had their contracts terminated.
“The Iraqi Council of Ministers decided to repatriate those whose contracts were terminated from ministries of defense and interior since 2014,” said Iraqi MP Zana Rostay.
“There are a number of Kurdish nationals from the army, police and security institutions in Mosul, Kirkuk, Diyala and some other areas,” he added.
After the fall of Iraq's second largest city of Mosul to Islamic State (ISIS) in June 2014, some Iraq commanders and officers were dismissed for negligence.
There has been no official accounting for how Mosul was lost, or of who gave the order to abandon the fight.
ISIS’ seizure of Mosul, in June 2014 as it swept across the Syrian border and declared a modern "caliphate", exposed the failings of a governing system defined largely by ethno-sectarian party patronage.