By John Lee.
An investigation into corruption in the Iraqi army has revealed 50,000 false names on its payroll.
Known in the military as “ghost soldiers”, they either did not exist or no longer reported for duty, but their salaries were still being paid, according to a report from BBC News.
It is thought that the salaries were siphoned off by corrupt officers; the Prime Minister’s office said the payments have now been stopped.
Rampant corruption in the Iraqi army is seen as one of the reasons why Iraq has struggled to contain Islamic State militants.
(Source: BBC News)