The news of the attack came as reports emerged of mass resignations from newly appointed members of the Iraqi army. ‘About 300 of these individuals out of a total of about 700 of the First Battalion of the new Iraqi army – [have] resigned or effectively resigned,’ a military official told journalists in Iraq. ‘They were not happy with terms and conditions and did not obey the instructions of their commanding officers,’ he said. ‘My understanding is that they felt they should be paid more money, for example, than the police.’