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Not Fighting ISIS: 50,000 'Ghost Soldiers' Shirk Duty

By Clip Syndicate
As a paid member of the Iraqi army, Mazin should be helping his country fight ISIS. Instead, the father-of-three is battling traffic as a taxi driver in Baghdad. Mazin is one of the 50,000 ghost soldiers who pay a portion of their monthly military salary to superior officers in exchange for not having to turn up for duty. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has vowed to put an end to the scam — which has weakened his U.S.-trained army in the face of an ISIS insurgency.








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