Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has removed 26 military officers from their posts, sending 10 others to retirement and appointing 18 new commanders, the prime minister’s office said in a statement obtained by Al Arabiya News.

The move was Abadi’s first such shake up of the military since he took office in August, succeeding Nouri al-Maliki, who help the premiership for eight years.

Maliki is widely blamed for the poor state of army, which lost major swathes of land to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) during his administration. Maliki was accused of pursuing a sectarian agenda that favors Shiites over Sunnis in state administration and the military. […]