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With Major Anti-IS Battle Near, Iraq Parliament Ousts Defense Minister

Iraq’s parliament on Thursday voted to oust Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi, leaving the Iraqi Security Forces without a clear unifying leader in the crucial runup to the military operation to retake the Islamic State “capital” of Mosul. Obeidi, one of the last Sunni Cabinet ministers in the majority Shi’ite government, was accused of corruption and ousted by a simple-majority (142-102) no-confidence vote after weeks of political wrangling. Abbas Kadhim, a senior policy fellow at the...

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