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Iraqi Parliament Endorses Trial Of Former PM, Others For Loss Of Mosul

Iraq's parliament has endorsed a panel report that calls for the trial of former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and dozens of other top officials in connection with the fall of Mosul to Islamic State militants in 2014.

The Iraqi lawmakers on August 17 also forwarded the report to the country’s prosecutor-general for legal action.

Mahmud al-Hassan, the head of the parliamentary legal panel, said Iraq's judiciary now has the final say on whether legal proceedings should continue.

Parliamentary deputy Mohamed al-Karbouli said the vote was taken by a show of hands and that a majority had endorsed the report.

IS militants overran Iraq's northern city of Mosul in June 2014 as they captured large swaths of territory during a rapid advance through western and northern Iraq.

Top Iraqi military commanders and political officials have long been seen as responsible for the loss of Mosul.

But the parliamentary panel-s report is the first time individuals have been officially named.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP