Iraqi Defense Ministry Denies Report On Selling Weapons

Iraq’s Ministry of Defense has categorically denied rumors that a military commander sold arms to the armed factions, terming it a deliberate attempt to discredit the army leaders.

Sixth Infantry Division Brigadier General Alaa Kati’ al-Hashemi was not arrested, the ministry said in a statement on Thursday, adding neither he (al-Hashemi) nor other officers and soldiers were arrested on charges of selling their weapons.

The ministry said that “false and baseless” news was being spread through social media on their arrest. “It’s a deliberate attempt to discredit the army leaders,” the statement said, warning of taking legal action on the reports made by some outlets.

Earlier, Shafaq News Agency has quoted a high-ranking military source that key Iraqi army officers were arrested on charges of selling light and medium weapons to armed Shiite factions.


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