Iraq lawmakers back report blaming officials in Mosul's fall

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's parliament has approved a report implicating senior officials over the fall of Mosul to the Islamic State group last year. Speaker Salim al-Jabouri told reporters Monday the report, prepared by parliament's security and defense committee, will be sent to Iraq's prosecutor general. Al-Jabouri added that "no one is above the law" and that those responsible will be punished. He didn't name the officials, but a lawmaker told The Associated Press on Sunday that the report implicates former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who held the post for eight years before he was pushed out last August, nearly two months after the fall of Mosul and about a third of the country to the extremists. The lawmaker declined to be identified as he is not authorized to brief journalists.