Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki fired a senior officer in the ministry of interior, al-Arabiya TV reported. The officer, Abdul-Kareem Khalaf served for several years as director of operations at the MOI, which oversees the local and federal police forces, among other law enforcement services. The position is roughly the equivalent to that of an army chief of staff.
There is no word about the reasons behind Maliki's decision. There are, however, news that the minister of interior, Jawad al-Bolani is trying to convince Maliki to reconsider his decision.