Iraq dismisses Anbar police chief after Ramadi rout

Displaced Sunni people, who fled the violence in the city of Ramadi, arrive at the outskirts of Baghdad. (Reuters)

Iraq’s interior minister on Wednesday dismissed the police chief of Anbar province, where the performance of security forces during the jihadist takeover of its capital Ramadi has come under scrutiny.

Mohammed al-Ghaban relieved Kadhim al-Fahdawi of his duties and appointed Major General Hadi al-Rzayej, ordering him to choose new headquarters and begin “reorganising the Anbar and Ramadi police.”

ISIS on Sunday took full control of the Anbar provincial capital following a three-day blitz that ended with a chaotic retreat of government forces.

The Iraqi cabinet said Tuesday that while those who fought bravely to defend Ramadi should be honoured, it would severely punish “recalcitrants”.

Video footage posted on social media and accounts from fighters in Ramadi suggest that members of the Ramadi police deserted their posts at the height of the IS offensive last week.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44