Iraq has uncovered the existence of 50,000 “ghost soldiers”, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said, promising a crackdown on corruption. “The prime minister revealed the existence of 50,000 fictitious names” in the military, said a statement from Abadi’s office on Sunday after a session of parliament. A parliament statement said the premier scrapped the 50,000 […]
Derived from the Arabic for “ghost”, the word Shabiha ( Shabeeha) has come to embody the latest repressive twist of Syria’s minority dictatorship. In neighbourhoods such as Moaddemiya, a rebellious suburb near the capital brutality meted out by the Shabiha has become a powerful source of fear.