December 16, 2009
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Dozens of Iraqi security force members were involved in attacks that killed up to 112 people in Baghdad last week, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Wednesday.
[efoods]There is widespread suspicion in Iraq that the police and armed forces have been infiltrated by militants, take bribes to allow insurgents to mount attacks, or may be colluding with militants to undermine Maliki before a March 7 general election.
A series of high-profile attacks on supposedly secure government targets have killed hundreds in recent months and eroded Maliki’s ability to present himself as the man who turned around Iraqi security, a key plank of his election campaign.
Maliki said there were at least 45 members of the security forces involved in the December 8 attack.