By John Lee.
On a recent visit to the holy city of Karbala, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi described the existence of "ghost" soldiers as a crime on two fronts - the theft of public money and the breach in security which led to the murders of innocent people.
He described the efforts of the Ministry of Interior to pursue those who are unlawfully receiving salaries and warned that corruption is no less dangerous than terrorism.
The Prime Minister also noted that Iraq is facing a financial crisis because of the decline in oil prices and oil revenues, reiterating that he had taken measures to confront this serious problem, starting with the reduction of salaries of cabinet members.
(Source: Office of the Prime Minister)