50,000 'Ghost Soldiers' Reported On Iraqi Military Payroll
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced Sunday an investigation found some 50,000 fictional soldiers on the Iraqi military's payroll.By Sebastian Martinez | December 1, 2014
An official investigation by the Iraqi government into its military found some 50,000 made-up soldiers on the military's payroll.
In an announcement Sunday, Iraq's prime minister said corrupt officers were most often the culprits, putting imaginary soldiers on the payroll so they could pocket the extra money. (Video via Iraq Ministry of Defense)
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said, "I'm sad we paid the salaries during this period, all these salaries, as Iraq doesn't have the money. While our soldiers were fighting, and some have been killed, these are people who received salaries and are not present on the ground and that has been allowed to happen."