Iraq PM dismisses top commanders as violence escalates nationwide
- Iraq's Prime Minister fired the country's top security forces Tuesday as bombs and violence enveloped the country for another day, according to Reuters and Agence France Presse reports.
- Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki fired four of his top security officers on the grounds that they abandoned their "professional and military duty" in terms of allowing the city of Mosul to fall into the control of the jihadist group, the Islamist State of Iraq and the Levant.
The bodies of the 18 security personnel were discovered by Iraqi police forces east of the city of Samarra. All of the bodies had gunshot marks in their heads and chests. It is not yet clear if the shots were due to fighting or from a mass execution act.