Iraq Investigates Its Own Security After Blasts

Thursday, October 29, 2009

In a move that will become official government policy, Iraq arrested dozens of police and military personnel Thursday after weekend attacks in Baghdad killed 155 people.

The government often arrests its own security officials after major attacks, according to Reuters. But it will become policy going forward so Iraq can investigate whether or not officers have colluded with bombers or were not doing their jobs.

"The investigative committee decided to arrest leaders responsible for security checkpoints if security violations (in their area) happen in the future," Major-General Qassim al-Moussawi, Baghdad's security spokesman, told Reuters.

The committee has already arrested 11 high-ranking military and police officials, 50 policemen and all the police officers in charge of the 15 checkpoints near where Sunday's bombings occurred.

Meanwhile, Iraq has asked for support from the international community, especially the United States, to help it combat suicide bombings.

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