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Security ministries on hold in Iraq

Iraq's parliament has failed to vote on the candidates proposed by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi for the posts of interior and defense ministers, letting the country slip down a dangerous path.
Volunteers who joined the Iraqi army to fight against Islamic State (IS) militants march during training in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, September 9, 2014. Picture taken September 9, 2014. REUTERS/Essam Al-Sudani (IRAQ - Tags - CIVIL UNREST MILITARY POLITICS CONFLICT) - RTR45NPC
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After four years of having a vacuum in the ministries of Defense and Interior, the issue has resurfaced in Iraq under complicated security conditions and as the country faces the Islamic State (IS) threat.

The Iraqi parliament failed to choose defense and interior ministers in its Sept. 16 session, refusing the candidates suggested by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The session was adjourned for two days and the issue was suspended from the agenda until further notice.

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