Iraqis inspect the site of a blast in Samarra, north of Baghdad, on May 20, 2013
Iraqis inspect the site of a blast in Samarra, north of Baghdad, on May 20, 2013. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has said he will overhaul the country's security strategy and personnel, as a wave of unrest killed more than 300 people so far this month. © Mahmoud al-Samarrai - AFP
Iraqis inspect the site of a blast in Samarra, north of Baghdad, on May 20, 2013
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Last updated: May 20, 2013

Iraqi prime minister to overhaul security strategy after attacks

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Monday that he will overhaul the country's security strategy and personnel, as a wave of unrest killed more than 300 people so far this month.

"We are about to make changes in the high and middle positions of those responsible for security, and the security strategy," Maliki said at a news conference.

"We will discuss this matter in the cabinet session tomorrow to take decisions," Maliki said.

"I assure the Iraqi people that they (militants) will not be able to return us to the sectarian conflict," he said.

Maliki spoke alongside top officials including deputy prime ministers Hussein al-Shahristani and Saleh al-Mutlak, and acting defence minister Saadun al-Dulaimi.

His remarks came as attacks in Iraq killed 26 people on Monday, a day after 24 police were killed in unrest.

With the latest violence, more than 320 people have been killed in attacks so far in May, while over 460 died in violence in April, according to AFP figures based on security and medical sources.

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