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An investigation into corruption in the Iraqi army has revealed that there were 50,000 fictious names on its pay roll. The scale of the problem came to light in an inquiry headed by the Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, who says the excess payments have been halted, Alan Johnston reports.

The 50,000 extra pay roll names belong to what were know in the Iraqi army as "ghost soldiers", they didn't exist or they no longer reported for duty, but their salaries were paid and presumably siphoned off by corrupt officers. The Americans spent billions try to build up the Iraqi army. Its collapsed when Islamic state militants launched their northern offensive last summer. And one of the reasons for that weakness was the chronic corruption in the army's ranks.”