BAGHDAD, Aug 16 : Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi approved an investigative commission's recommendation that commanders face military justice and probable trial for withdrawing from Ramadi without orders, his office said on Sunday.
Ramadi fell to the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in mid-May after government forces had held out against militants in the city west of the capital for more than a year, in the worst setback for Baghdad in months.
Abadi approved "decisions of the investigative commission on the withdrawal of the Anbar Operations Command and units attached to it from the city of Ramadi," his office said in a statement.
Those include "referring a number of the leaders to the military judiciary for leaving their positions without orders and contrary to instructions (and) despite the issuance of a number of orders not to withdraw," it said.
Meanwhile, At least 20 people have been killed and many others injured in a spate of bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, and two nearby towns.
The most deadly was caused by a car bomb in the mainly Shia Sadr City area.
The same district was hit by a massive truck bomb two days ago that killed more than 60 people and was claimed by Islamic State militants. ?Agencies