Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki dismissed his Baghdad security commander Wednesday in response to criticism after this week’s car bombings and a spate of recent high-profile attacks that crippled state institutions.

Gen. Aboud Qanbar’s removal was announced just ahead of Maliki’s scheduled visit to parliament today to address the chamber about Tuesday’s four car bombings and two other major bomb attacks since August that have killed nearly 400 people and severely damaged four government ministries.

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