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Awni Al-Kalamji
14 June 2019
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi recently addressed to the members of the House of Representatives more than forty files on corruption, including every corner and angle in the state institutions and its various facilities. Each file has a title: oil smuggling, real estate, border crossings, Smuggling of gold, prisons and detention centers, grain and livestock trade, tax evasion, royalties and nationality, currency smuggling, retirement file, drugs, file of martyrs, trade in human organs, trade in fertilizers and pesticides , Medications , Entry points, ration card, social welfare, electricity, appointments and sale of positions, iron smuggling and rubbish, examinations and sale of questions, loans and advances without cover, telecommunications,
If such corruption occurs or is much less than in any country, no matter how arrogant and reckless its government is, its bags and Walt Al-Adbar, for fear of punishment and confiscation of stolen funds, or escape the punishment of the people, each of which refers to a ministry in the government. But what happened in the opposite direction, where the sectarian blocs and parties accused of corruption, which is the mainstay of the government and parliament, to attack the best means of defense, they accused their colleague in the profession, Abdul Mahdi, to fail in the fight against corruption and eliminate it, taking advantage of the possession of deadly weapons , Armed militias, support for the foreign occupier, and the charm of religious references, let alone the fort  

"Things do not go according to the law of crime and punishment, but according to the title I call crime and reward"

Which is the Iraqi judiciary, where absolute control has been exercised, especially on its president Medhat al-Mahmoud, and then the performance of his duty by granting the patent to anyone who was charged with a scandal that can not be covered, and we may find a blatant example, In the award of the patent to the former Speaker of Parliament, Salim al-Jubouri, MP Mohammed al-Karbouli, MP Bahaa al-Araji and former finance minister Hoshyar Zebari of all the charges against them publicly, and documented with conclusive evidence and witnesses and audio recordings, and even apologize for them inconvenience, although the hearings did not Takes only minutes?
This is not the first time that a prime minister or a deputy has come out to announce such files. The prime ministers of the previous governments have done so. These files end up above the high shelves to fill them with dust. The aim of this boring play is to throw the ash into the eyes. Which has become a harbinger of a massive uprising at any time. However, let's think, this time, of the prime minister, and ask him how to deal with these files, under a government that is already corrupt, a flagged parliament and a corrupt judiciary? How can he deal with such a dangerous matter in the shadow of a state that has become a state of armed militias? Then who will be tried from, and everyone keeps a file of corruption against the other? Did not this fact confirm the former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, when threatened to disclose, in response to the attempt to withdraw confidence from him? Did not Haidar follow his footsteps after he lost hope in a second term? Did not others respond strongly to them, and threaten them with what facilitates them from their black files?
Yes, these files will hang over the high shelves, and other files of corruption will sleep on them. Adel Abdul Mahdi has proved himself. Instead of meeting his promises, after he took office, fighting corruption, bringing corrupt people to fair courts, retrieving stolen money, and making serious reforms in Iraq, we have come up with new, more corrupt and more widespread files. . This is normal. In Iraq, as the stubborn facts have shown, things do not go according to the crime and punishment law, but according to the title I call crime and reward, because the ruler in Iraq simply does not receive punishment for a crime committed, His crimes multiplied his reward, if a rich becomes a millionaire, the millionaire becomes a liadira, the manager rises to a general manager, the minister may be prime minister and so on. As for the type of crime, do not ask about it, all are allowed to the rulers of Iraq.
The great tragedy is that this rampant corruption was not the result of bad coincidences, and not because of incompetence, incompetence or an imbalance of conscience, so that people hope to be replaced, removed or  

"The current files will hang over the high shelves, as other files of corruption"

The trial, as was not caused by greed and greed, to bet on the adequacy of these huge amounts of money, but was the result of a carefully planned scheme of the occupier, as an important link from the scheme of the destruction of Iraq, a state and a community. They were also carefully selected to carry out this treacherous scheme and to prevent any popular attempt to overthrow it. This is why they resort to all means to occupy the Iraqis, by fabricating sectarian and civil wars, or dividing the society between Muslims, Christians and Sabi, Shiites and Sunnis, or dividing society into components such as Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis. National unity and pride in Iraqi identity and belonging to the homeland, brotherhood and coexistence. Not only that, but they resorted to the policy of ignorance of society, and the denial of knowledge and education, which does not qualify him to claim his legitimate rights, or control and control of power.
This is not a conclusion or a political analysis or a stigmata, but is based on black records of previous Iraqi governments. By simple calculation or arithmetic, these successive governments have proven ineffective, unable to hold any corrupt person accountable or to dismiss any thief, or to bring any accused to the competent courts. On the other hand, these governments failed to achieve any political, economic or service done for the benefit of Iraqis, and stood firm stand against prejudice to the equation of sectarian and ethnic quotas, and rejected any amendment in the Constitution, and make it a constitution and national represents the general framework of the State which defines the identity and order form where, and organizes public authorities, and draw relationships between them, and sets the border for each authority separately, and assigns duties and fundamental rights of individuals and groups, and is keen to ensure the country's independence, national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and preserve the wealth of nature, not a constitution mined encourage ethnic and sectarian, and the division of Ala Aq states.
Shining in this black image the general Iraqi perception of this fact, and abandon every bet 

"These governments were unable to achieve any political or economic achievement"

And instead resorted to the path of popular demonstrations and uprisings with slogans condemning corruption, calling their symbols and threatening them with punishment. They came to believe that the solution was comprehensive change, and in any way available. This fact does not change the fact that the demonstrations or the uprisings have declined. This has happened because of the brutal repression used by the armed militias, not only against demonstrations, but against any modest attempt to achieve the most basic of legitimate rights. In other words, this government will not be able to inspire one Iraqi with its patriotism, its ability to fight corruption and achieve any reform, no matter how simple.

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thanks yota ,, that paints a sobor picture of reality in iraq im sure there are some here and there that want to do right , you cant look back and expect to change the past but they can look to the future not to repeat it , maliki was and still is the wrong side of positive , so ready for this currency play to end no matter the outcome ... cheers 

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10 hours ago, yota691 said:

this government will not be able to inspire one Iraqi with its patriotism, its ability to fight corruption and achieve any reform, no matter how simple

Ouch, and these people are our allies?🤔 What does our enemys do? 

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Its come to my atten. there is a new film out about Iraq, a film crew was imbedded with one groups fighting in Mosul. I'm going to look it up and watch it. I think it was produced by the program Frontline on PBS! if you want to see it search mosulfilm.com :salute:

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44 minutes ago, Artitech said:

Its come to my atten. there is a new film out about Iraq, a film crew was imbedded with one groups fighting in Mosul. I'm going to look it up and watch it. I think it was produced by the program Frontline on PBS! if you want to see it search mosulfilm.co:salute:

Thanks for sharing.

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mosul

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15-06-2019 11:46 AM
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The adviser of the Center for Strategic Studies, Ghazi Faisal, recalled the suspicions of corruption in the work of the Central Bank and the money smuggled out of it.

Faisal said in a statement to the "News", "The President of the National Congress, Ahmed Chalabi before his death, revealed many facts about the smuggling of funds through the Central Bank, and revealed that the bank, wasted $ 320 billion could have been a very important reserve of the economy Iraqi ".

He explained that "a member of the Integrity Committee in Parliament, Adel Nuri, revealed in an official report, that during the period of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, spent 600 billion dollars without receipts and this is not in any country in the world," noting that "no one knows Where did these 600 billion dollars go? "

He pointed out that "the former central bank governor Sinan Shabibi, revealed corruption in the bank through the smuggling of 800 billion dollars in specific years, even if these billions spent on building Iraq, Iraq would be one of the best in the world."

With regard to the subject of contracts, Faisal said, "220 billion dollars, spent on fictitious contracts and companies and banks for more than 90 thousand imaginary projects."

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15-06-2019 12:05 PM
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The adviser of the Center for Strategic Studies, Ghazi Faisal, Saturday, that the province of Basra is witnessing daily, smuggling 500 thousand barrels of oil, indicating that the summit equivalent to 35 million dollars.

Faisal said in a statement to the "news", "The province of Basra, daily smuggling of 500 thousand barrels abroad, and if we hit the number of smuggled barrels at the current price of $ 70 dollars, the output would be $ 35 million evade on a daily basis."

He explained that "the smuggling of oil, involving networks of armed brigades and parties in Basra and elements of the army and security services."

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A report by the Center for Strategic Studies, Ghazi Faisal, reported on Saturday that a television report revealed the looting of Iran for 17 billion dollars of oil earned Majnoon east of the province of Basra.

Faisal said in a statement to the "news" that "at a time when the people of Basra from hunger, injustice and unemployment, Iran is looting 17 billion dollars from the field of oil Majnoon east of Basra."

"The odd thing is that no one from the government speaks or highlights the looting as if the issue does not concern them," he said.

He said that "oil smuggled from Basra, back to Iraq in the form of oil derivatives at international prices at a time when the people of Basra from hunger, poverty and injustice."

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15-06-2019 09:51 AM
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The member of the House of Representatives Sadiq al-Sulaiti, oil companies operating in Iraq, corruption and waste of public money and support terrorism.

"The Committee on Oil, Energy and Natural Resources in the House of Representatives is determined to follow up the performance of the Ministry of Oil and follow the suspicions of corruption, which is raised on the various ministry companies, through the request of information and parliamentary questions and continuous additions to advanced cadres in the ministry."

He added that "we are still following the file of violations and suspicions of corruption and waste of public money regarding the contract of the Arab company and the oil tanker company, where the Office of Financial Supervision answered questions by the Committee of the existence of a lot of violations and convictions prove that the oil tankers company to deduct prices up to 91 dollars per ton One that causes millions of national wealth to be wasted. "

Al-Sulaiti admitted that "the Ministry of Oil deliberately neglects the Committee's questions and does not provide sufficient information, which is confirmed by the members of the House of Representatives and the regulatory bodies, indicating that the committee has asked parliamentary questions and requested information about the liquidation contracts for Car and Qian Company, Given the suspicion of corruption in this decade. "

He al-Sulaiti, that "the Committee hosted earlier officials in the ministry on suspicion of corruption and the payment of bribes and support for terrorism raised about Petrofac, which contracted with companies of the Ministry of Oil up to (730 million dollars) and is working with the Basra Oil Company and Mansuriya field and A field of crutches and the field of Badra and there is a lawsuit filed by the British anti-corruption office is open to the judiciary to investigate charges of bribing Iraqi officials in the Ministry of oil amounting to millions of dollars.

Al-Sulaiti called on the executive supervisors and the Supreme Council to "fight corruption to exercise its real role in carrying out the investigation and taking deterrent steps that compel the corrupt."

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The corruption of the Central Bank and the money smuggled

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15-06-2019 11:46 AM

Baghdad

The adviser of the Center for Strategic Studies, Ghazi Faisal, recalled the suspicions of corruption in the work of the Central Bank and the money smuggled out of it.

Faisal said in a statement to the "News", "The President of the National Congress, Ahmed Chalabi before his death, revealed many facts about the smuggling of funds through the Central Bank, and revealed that the bank, wasted $ 320 billion could have been a very important reserve of the economy Iraqi ".

He explained that "a member of the Integrity Committee in Parliament, Adel Nuri, revealed in an official report, that during the period of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, spent 600 billion dollars without receipts and this is not in any country in the world," noting that "no one knows Where did these 600 billion dollars go? "

He pointed out that "the former central bank governor Sinan Shabibi, revealed corruption in the bank through the smuggling of 800 billion dollars in specific years, even if these billions spent on building Iraq, Iraq would be one of the best in the world."

With regard to the subject of contracts, Faisal said, "220 billion dollars, spent on fictitious contracts and companies and banks for more than 90 thousand imaginary projects."

 

http://www.ikhnews.com/index.php?page=article&id=193374

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Until Maliki is in jail or dead, there will always be some undermining of Iraq moving forward. Money laundering, corruption, or the mortaring of US bases to name a few. His absents will make things much better for Iraq. 

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Building Coalition The reference is likely to have a shaky fatwa to fight corruption similar to the Kifah Jihad

17:35 - 16/06/2019
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He favored MP alliance building Hammam al - Tamimi, Sunday, the religious authority of Mr. Ali al -Sistani in the coming period by issuing a fatwa earthshaking to combat corruption similar to a fatwa Ulkipaia jihad to fight gangs Daesh terrorist, between the reference closed its doors again to thepoliticians for not convinced the current government.

Al-Tamimi said in a statement to Al-Maaloumah that "the sermon of the religious reference indicates its dissatisfaction with the current government and the so-called" Supreme Council for Combating Corruption "formed by Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi ," pointing out that "the Supreme Council for the fight against corruption has not achieved any achievements Despite the passage of eight months of its founding, and is an overburden that burdens the budget and waste public money.

"The government is obliged to take quick measures to fight corruption and bring corrupt people to justice and bring fugitives out of the country," he said.

The MP on the reform alliance Ali al-Badiri, on Saturday, that the criticism directed by the religious authority during the Friday prayer sermon put the government and parliament in embarrassment to public opinion.

On Friday, the religious authority criticized the work of the Supreme Council for Combating Corruption and said that the government has not taken real and effective steps to fight corruption spread throughout the country. End 25 T

https://www.almaalomah.com/2019/06/16/412012/

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Editorial date: 2019/6/17 0:35 • 175 times read
The Turkmen bloc confirms the failure of the Anti-Corruption Council and demands that Abdul Mahdi be dissolved
(Baghdad: Al-Furat News) confirmed the Turkmen parliamentary bloc, the failure of the Supreme Council to combat corruption.
"In the first anti-corruption test, we ask the prime minister to dissolve the Supreme Council for Combating Corruption for failing to retrieve the convicted former governor of Kirkuk, Necmettin Karim, after an arrest warrant was issued by the Iraqi judiciary and support from Interpol," a bloc statement said. . 
He added that "despite the previous promises of the Iraqi parties to resolve to recover the Iraqi judiciary, but we were surprised to release him, and even more than that received by the President of the Kurdistan region in a step confirms the insistence of the authorities of the region to send negative messages to the components of the province of Kirkuk to embrace all of the abuse of Kirkuk and excessive oil wealth And was the cause of the deterioration of relations and the crisis between the components of Kirkuk. "
The statement pointed out that "the Integrity Commission and the Iraqi judiciary to a real test and the cases referred to them about the corruption of the former governor should do according to the law and recover money looted by the province, or talk about fighting corruption will be a dead letter."
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15 hours ago, TOMINVEGAS said:

800 billion dollars.....wow 

 

..... and 90 thousand imaginary projects,  no wonder maliki wanted shabibi out of the way .....  not sure how that jacked up mess ever gets redeemed ..... cheers

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22 hours ago, Mary B said:

The President of the National Congress, Ahmed Chalabi before his death, revealed many facts about the smuggling of funds through the Central Bank, and revealed that the bank, wasted $ 320 billion could have been a very important reserve of the economy Iraqi ".

Jeez Louise 

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A political source revealed Monday that the government is reviewing the salaries of a large number of officials and former members of parliament, noting that the review will include those who receive double salaries.

The source said that the Iraqi government is reviewing the salaries of a large number of officials and politicians and members of the Iraqi parliament and others, "noting that" the file has been proposed since 2012, but no decision was taken, because of political pressures. "
 
 

He added that "the Ministry of Finance will be tasked with matching names and work to prepare a list of dual payers and submit," likely "to apply the law to fined the owners of the value of salaries received from the beginning until now. 

The audit committee belonging to the Inspector General 's Office at the Ministry of the Interior has revealed the week before last, about the involvement of more than 400 member police force in Qadisiyah province south of the country, to receive Mandated at the same time.
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 2019/06/17 14:14:17
 

The former water resources minister Mohsen al-Shammari said on Monday that water in Iraq, like money, is being wasted in a frightening way.

Shammari said in a statement to the twilight news that "Iraq is far from the global foot in the way of water management," noting that "the Ministry of Water Resources does not have real plans to deal with water."

He added that "there are employees in the Ministry of Water Resources translate the policy of parties and components in the drain of public money," noting that "there is no social justice in Iraq and the political system works in his favor."

Shammari said that "the decision in Iraq, however, foreign parties looking for their interest and not the hand of the government," pointing out that "the billion dinars allocated to combat desertification in Iraq in 2019 was stolen."

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The Anti-Corruption Council appreciates the role of reference and considers counting important files

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The Anti-Corruption Council on Tuesday praised the role of the religious authority in the last Friday sermon, stressing the need to expedite the completion of the files of the state real estate audit and the file of checking the grants that were distributed to the displaced and stand on suspicion of corruption. 
The Information Office of the Council said in a statement received by Mawazine News, a copy of it, that "the latter is a colonel, his thirteenth session under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi and members. The Council expressed its high appreciation for the directives of the supreme religious authority in the last Friday sermon, And the mobilization of Iraqi reality in all its forms (government institutions, political parties and forces, civil society organizations and individuals) to deal with the fight against corruption seriously through effective mechanisms and clear. "
The council praised the cooperation of the parties, which the council referred to in a previous statement, to provide him with evidence and statements after talking in the media about some people or institutions of corruption cases, which constituted an input to the supervisory bodies to take action. 
The statement pointed to "the right of the Council to take legal action against those who launch accusations without giving evidence," pointing out that "the Council of the Governor of the Central Bank and heard a special report on the window selling foreign currency in terms of reasons and justifications and mechanism of work and monitoring and actions taken and diagnosis of gaps that are an introduction Corruption and ways to close it, and directed the Council a series of measures to be effective treatments. "
He added that "the Council considered a number of topics on its agenda as it listened to the report of the Bureau of Financial Supervision regarding the handling of the file of feeding in the Ministry of Defense and the progress achieved in this treatment, and also heard the report of the Integrity Commission on the subject of auditing contracts awarded for the export of black oil In this regard. " 

The council stressed the need to speed up the completion of the files of the state real estate audit and the file of the audit of grants that were disbursed to the displaced and to stand on suspicion of corruption in this file, as well as follow the procedures previously approved with regard to the file against drugs, as well as improving the business environment and investment and investor problems.

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2019/06/18 14:07
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Parliamentary Integrity: The committee opened the files of transport, electricity, finance and oil

 

 

"The committee opened a lot of files, the most important files of the ministries of transport, electricity, finance and oil," said a member of the Committee on Integrity, Parliamentary Taha Defense, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, that the failure to resolve the Presidency of the Parliamentary Integrity Committee is one of the reasons for the delay of some files.

The defense said in a statement to the "Masala" that "the Integrity Committee collected files and documents for audit, especially some projects of the Ministry of Oil and Finance and Transport," explaining that "the files of the Ministry of Transport belong to Iraqi Airways."

"There are many contracts belonging to the Ministry of Oil, in addition to the violations of the Minister of Finance by transferring the budget of the province without the delivery of oil revenues and this is a big violation."

He pointed out that "the files of the last parliamentary session, many of them referred to the prosecution," stressing that "the Commission will follow up the files referred to the judiciary and integrity to know the results of the investigation."

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Iraq's Anti-Corruption Council discusses currency sale window

Iraq's Anti-Corruption Council discusses currency sale window
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 18 June 2019 02:56 PM

The Council of Anti-Corruption, Iraq on Tuesday, its 13th meeting under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi.

The Council said in a statement that a range of topics on the agenda, including the discussion of the sale window of foreign currency, had been considered.

The Council listened to the report of the Bureau of Financial Supervision regarding the handling of the file of the Ministry of Defense and the progress achieved in this treatment. 

The Council affirmed its right to take legal action against those who falsely release accusations without providing firm evidence.
 
The Council hosted the Governor of the Central Bank and listened to a special report on the sale window of foreign currency in terms of reasons and justifications and mechanism of work and monitoring and actions taken and the diagnosis of gaps that are an introduction to corruption and ways to close.

The council directed a series of measures to make the treatments effective.

The Council also listened to the report of the Integrity Commission regarding the subject of auditing contracts awarded for the export of black oil and the assessment of the Commission in this regard.

He stressed the need to speed up the completion of the files of the State Real Estate Audit and the file of the audit of grants that were disbursed to the displaced and stand on suspicion of corruption in this file.

He also stressed the follow-up of the measures previously approved with respect to the anti-narcotics file, as well as improving the business environment, investment and investor problems.

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      Passing in the other direction, truck drivers pump Iranian products — food, household goods, illicit drugs — into what has become a vital and captive market.
      Iran tips the scales to its favor in every area of commerce. In the city of Najaf, it even picks up the trash, after the provincial council there awarded a municipal contract to a private Iranian company. One member of the council, Zuhair al-Jibouri, resorted to a now-common Iraqi aphorism: “We import apples from Iran so we can give them away to Iranian pilgrims.”
        Politically, Iran has a large number of allies in Iraq’s Parliament who can help secure its goals. And its influence over the choice of interior minister, through a militia and political group the Iranians built up in the 1980s to oppose Mr. Hussein, has given it substantial control over that ministry and the federal police.
      Perhaps most crucial, Parliament passed a law last year that effectively made the constellation of Shiite militias a permanent fixture of Iraq’s security forces. This ensures Iraqi funding for the groups while effectively maintaining Iran’s control over some of the most powerful units.
      Now, with new parliamentary elections on the horizon, Shiite militias have begun organizing themselves politically for a contest that could secure even more dominance for Iran over Iraq’s political system.
      To gain advantage on the airwaves, new television channels set up with Iranian money and linked to Shiite militias broadcast news coverage portraying Iran as Iraq’s protector and the United States as a devious interloper.
      Partly in an effort to contain Iran, the United States has indicated that it will keep troops behind in Iraq after the battle against the Islamic State. American diplomats have worked to emphasize the government security forces’ role in the fighting, and to shore up a prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, who has seemed more open to the United States than to Iran.
      But after the United States’ abrupt withdrawal of troops in 2011, American constancy is still in question here — a broad failure of American foreign policy, with responsibility shared across three administrations.
      Iran has been playing a deeper game, parlaying extensive religious ties with Iraq’s Shiite majority and a much wider network of local allies, as it makes the case that it is Iraq’s only reliable defender.
          A Road to the Sea
      Iran’s great project in eastern Iraq may not look like much: a 15-mile stretch of dusty road, mostly gravel, through desert and scrub near the border in Diyala Province.
      But it is an important new leg of Iran’s path through Iraq to Syria, and what it carries — Shiite militiamen, Iranian delegations, trade goods and military supplies — is its most valuable feature.
      It is a piece of what analysts and Iranian officials say is Iran’s most pressing ambition: to exploit the chaos of the region to project influence across Iraq and beyond. Eventually, analysts say, Iran could use the corridor, established on the ground through militias under its control, to ship weapons and supplies to proxies in Syria, where Iran is an important backer of Mr. Assad, and to Lebanon and its ally Hezbollah.
      At the border to the east is a new crossing built and secured by Iran. Like the relationship between the two countries, it is lopsided.
      The checkpoint’s daily traffic includes up to 200 Iranian trucks, carrying fruit and yogurt, concrete and bricks, into Iraq. In the offices of Iraqi border guards, the candies and soda offered to guests come from Iran.
      No loaded trucks go the other way.
      “Iraq doesn’t have anything to offer Iran,” Vahid Gachi, the Iranian official in charge of the crossing, said in an interview in his office, as lines of tractor-trailers poured into Iraq. “Except for oil, Iraq relies on Iran for everything.”
        The border post is also a critical transit point for Iran’s military leaders to send weapons and other supplies to proxies fighting the Islamic State in Iraq.
          After the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh, swept across Diyala and neighboring areas in 2014, Iran made clearing the province, a diverse area of Sunnis and Shiites, a priority.
      It marshaled a huge force of Shiite militias, many trained in Iran and advised on the ground by Iranian officials. After a quick victory, Iranians and their militia allies set about securing their next interests here: marginalizing the province’s Sunni minority and securing a path to Syria. Iran has fought aggressively to keep its ally Mr. Assad in power in order to retain land access to its most important spinoff in the region, Hezbollah, the military and political force that dominates Lebanon and threatens Israel.
      A word from Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, Iran’s powerful spymaster, sent an army of local Iraqi contractors scrambling, lining up trucks and bulldozers to help build the road, free of charge. Militiamen loyal to Iran were ordered to secure the site.
      Uday al-Khadran, the Shiite mayor of Khalis District in Diyala, is a member of the Badr Organization, an Iraqi political party and militia established by Tehran in the 1980s to fight against Mr. Hussein during the Iran-Iraq war.
      On an afternoon earlier this year, he spread a map across his desk and proudly discussed how he helped build the road, which he said was ordered by General Suleimani, the commander of the Quds Force, the branch of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps responsible for foreign operations. General Suleimani secretly directed Iran’s policy in Iraq after the American invasion in 2003, and was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American soldiers in attacks carried out by militias under his control.
        “I love Qassim Suleimani more than my children,” he said.
      Mr. Khadran said the general’s new road would eventually be a shortcut for religious pilgrims from Iran to reach Samarra, Iraq, the location of an important shrine.
      But he also acknowledged the route’s greater strategic significance as part of a corridor secured by Iranian proxies that extends across central and northern Iraq. The connecting series of roads skirts the western city of Mosul and stretches on to Tal Afar, an Islamic State-controlled city where Iranian-backed militias and Iranian advisers have set up a base at an airstrip on the outskirts.
      “Diyala is the passage to Syria and Lebanon, and this is very important to Iran,” said Ali al-Daini, the Sunni chairman of the provincial council there.
      Closer to Syria, Iranian-allied militias moved west of Mosul as the battle against the Islamic State unfolded there in recent months. The militias captured the town of Baaj, and then proceeded to the Syrian border, putting Iran on the cusp of completing its corridor.
      Back east, in Diyala, Mr. Daini said he had been powerless to halt what he described as Iran’s dominance in the province.
      When Mr. Daini goes to work, he said, he has to walk by posters of Iran’s revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, outside the council building.
      Iran’s militias in the province have been accused of widespread sectarian cleansing, pushing Sunnis from their homes to establish Shiite dominance and create a buffer zone on its border. The Islamic State was beaten in Diyala more than two years ago, but thousands of Sunni families still fill squalid camps, unable to return home.
        Now, Diyala has become a showcase for how Iran views Shiite ascendancy as critical to its geopolitical goals.
      “Iran is smarter than America,” said Nijat al-Taie, a Sunni member of the provincial council and an outspoken critic of Iran, which she calls the instigator of several assassination attempts against her. “They achieved their goals on the ground. America didn’t protect Iraq. They just toppled the regime and handed the country over to Iran.”
          The Business of Influence
      The lives of General Suleimani and other senior leaders in Tehran were shaped by the prolonged war with Iraq in the 1980s. The conflict left hundreds of thousands dead on both sides, and General Suleimani spent much of the war at the front, swiftly rising in rank as so many officers were killed.
      “The Iran-Iraq war was the formative experience for all of Iran’s leaders,” said Ali Vaez, an Iran analyst at the International Crisis Group, a conflict resolution organization. “From Suleimani all the way down. It was their ‘never again’ moment.”
      A border dispute over the Shatt al Arab waterway that was a factor in the hostilities has still not been resolved, and the legacy of the war’s brutality has influenced the Iranian government ever since, from its pursuit of nuclear weapons to its policy in Iraq.
      “This is a permanent scar in their mind,” said Mowaffak al-Rubaie, a lawmaker and former national security adviser. “They are obsessed with Baathism, Saddam and the Iran-Iraq war.”
        More than anything else, analysts say, it is the scarring legacy of that war that has driven Iranian ambitions to dominate Iraq.
      Particularly in southern Iraq, where the population is mostly Shiite, signs of Iranian influence are everywhere.
      Iranian-backed militias are the defenders of the Shiite shrines in the cities of Najaf and Karbala that drive trade and tourism. In local councils, Iranian-backed political parties have solid majorities, and campaign materials stress relationships with Shiite saints and Iranian clerics.
          If the Iraqi government were stronger, said Mustaq al-Abady, a businessman from just outside Najaf, “then maybe we could open our factories instead of going to Iran.” He said his warehouse was crowded with Iranian imports because his government had done nothing to promote a private sector, police its borders or enforce customs duties.
      Raad Fadhil al-Alwani, a merchant in Hilla, another southern city, imports cleaning supplies and floor tiles from Iran. He slaps “Made in Iraq” labels in Arabic on bottles of detergent, but the reality is that he owns a factory in Iran because labor is cheaper there.
      “I feel like I am destroying the economy of Iraq,” he said. But he insists that Iraqi politicians, by deferring to Iranian pressure and refusing to support local industry, have made it hard to do anything else.
        Najaf attracts millions of Iranian pilgrims each year visiting the golden-domed shrine of Imam Ali, the first Shiite imam. Iranian construction workers — many of whom are viewed as Iranian spies by Iraqi officials — have also flocked to the city to renovate the shrine and build hotels.
      In Babil Province, according to local officials, militia leaders have taken over a government project to set up security cameras along strategic roads. The project had been granted to a Chinese company before the militias intervened, and now the army and the local police have been sidelined from it, said Muqdad Omran, an Iraqi Army captain in the area.
      Iran’s pre-eminence in the Iraqi south has not come without resentment. Iraqi Shiites share a faith with Iran, but they also hold close their other identities as Iraqis and Arabs.
      “Iraq belongs to the Arab League, not to Iran,” said Sheikh Fadhil al-Bidayri, a cleric at the religious seminary in Najaf. “Shiites are a majority in Iraq, but a minority in the world. As long as the Iranian government is controlling the Iraqi government, we don’t have a chance.”
      In this region where the Islamic State’s military threat has never encroached, Iran’s security concerns are mostly being addressed by economic manipulation, Iraqi officials say. Trade in the south is often financed by Iran with credit, and incentives are offered to Iraqi traders to keep their cash in Iranian banks.
      Baghdad’s banks play a role, too, as the financial anchors for Iraqi front companies used by Iran to gain access to dollars that can then finance the country’s broader geopolitical aims, said Entifadh Qanbar, a former aide to the Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi, who died in 2015.
      “It’s very important for the Iranians to maintain corruption in Iraq,” he said.
          The Militias’ Long Arm
      For decades, Iran smuggled guns and bomb-making supplies through the vast swamps of southern Iraq. And young men were brought back and forth across the border, from one safe house to another — recruits going to Iran for training, and then back to Iraq to fight. At first the enemy was Mr. Hussein; later, it was the Americans.
      Today, agents of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards openly recruit fighters in the Shiite-majority cities of southern Iraq. Buses filled with recruits easily pass border posts that officials say are essentially controlled by Iran — through its proxies on the Iraqi side, and its own border guards on the other.
      While Iran has built up militias to fight against the Islamic State in Iraq, it has also mobilized an army of disaffected young Shiite Iraqi men to fight on its behalf in Syria.
      Mohammad Kadhim, 31, is one of those foot soldiers for Iran, having served three tours in Syria. The recruiting pitch, he said, is mostly based in faith, to defend Shiite shrines in Syria. But Mr. Kadhim said he and his friends signed up more out of a need for jobs.
      “I was just looking for money,” he said. “The majority of the youth I met fighting in Syria do it for the money.”
      He signed up with a Revolutionary Guards recruiter in Najaf, and then was bused through southern Iraq and into Iran, where he underwent military training near Tehran.
      There, he said, Iranian officers delivered speeches invoking the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the revered seventh-century Shiite figure whose death at the hands of a powerful Sunni army became the event around which Shiite spirituality would revolve. The same enemies of the Shiites who killed the imam are now in Syria and Iraq, the officers told the men.
        After traveling to Iran, Mr. Kadhim came home for a break and then was shipped to Syria, where Hezbollah operatives trained him in sniper tactics.
      Iran’s emphasis on defending the Shiite faith has led some here to conclude that its ultimate goal is to bring about an Iranian-style theocracy in Iraq. But there is a persistent sense that it just would not work in Iraq, which has a much larger native Sunni population and tradition, and Iraq’s clerics in Najaf, including Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the world’s pre-eminent Shiite spiritual leader, oppose the Iranian system.
          But Iran is taking steps to translate militia power into political power, much as it did with Hezbollah in Lebanon, and militia leaders have begun political organizing before next year’s parliamentary elections.
      In April, Qais al-Khazali, a Shiite militia leader, delivered a speech to an audience of Iraqi college students, railing against the United States and the nefarious plotting of Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Then, a poet who was part of Mr. Khazali’s entourage stood up and began praising General Suleimani.
      For the students, that was the last straw. Chants of “Iran out! Iran out!” began. Scuffles broke out between students and Mr. Khazali’s bodyguards, who fired their rifles into the air just outside the building.
      “The thing that really provoked us was the poet,” said Mustafa Kamal, a student at the University of al-Qadisiya in Diwaniya, in southern Iraq, who participated in the protest.
        Mr. Kamal and his fellow students quickly learned how dangerous it could be to stand up to Iran these days.
      First, militiamen began threatening to haul them off. Then media outlets linked to the militias went after them, posting their pictures and calling them Baathists and enemies of Shiites. When a mysterious car appeared near Mr. Kamal’s house, his mother panicked that militiamen were coming for her son.
      Then, finally, Mr. Kamal, a law student, and three of his friends received notices from the school saying they had been suspended for a year.
      “We thought we had only one hope, the university,” he said. “And then Iran also interfered there.”
      Mr. Khazali, whose political and militia organization, Asaib Ahl al-Haq, is deeply connected with Iran, has been on a speaking tour on campuses across Iraq as part of an effort to organize political support for next year’s national election. This has raised fears that Iran is trying not only to deepen its influence within Iraqi education, but also to transform militias into outright political and social organizations, much as it did with Hezbollah in Lebanon.
      “It’s another type of Iranian infiltration and the expansion of Iran’s influence,” said Beriwan Khailany, a lawmaker and member of Parliament’s higher-education committee. “Iran wants to control the youth, and to teach them the Iranian beliefs, through Iraqis who are loyal to Iran.”
          Political Ascendancy
      When a group of Qatari falcon hunters, “including members of the royal family, were kidnapped in 2015 while on safari in the southern deserts of Iraq, Qatar called Iran and its militia allies — not the central government in Baghdad.
        For Mr. Abadi, the prime minister, the episode was an embarrassing demonstration of his government’s weakness at the hands of Iran, whose proxy militia Kataibb Hezbollah was believed to be behind the kidnapping.
      So when the hostage negotiations were about to end, Mr. Abadi pushed back.
      Around noon on a day in April, a government jet from Qatar landed in Baghdad, carrying a delegation of diplomats and 500 million euros stuffed into 23 black boxes.
      The hunters were soon on their way home, but the ransom did not go to the Iranian-backed militiamen who had abducted the Qataris; the cash ended up in a central bank vault in Baghdad.
      The seizure of the money had been ordered by Mr. Abadi, who was furious at the prospect of militias, and their Iranian and Hezbollah benefactors, being paid so richly right under the Iraqi government’s nose.
      “Hundreds of millions to armed groups?” Mr. Abadi said in a public rant. “Is this acceptable?”
      In Iraq, the kidnapping episode was seen as a violation of the country’s sovereignty and emblematic of Iran’s suffocating power over the Iraqi state.
      In a post on Twitter, Mr. Zebari, the former finance minister, who was previously foreign minister, called the episode a “travesty.”
      Mr. Zebari knows firsthand the power of Iran over the Iraqi state.
      Last year, he said, he was ousted as finance minister because Iran perceived him as being too close to the United States. The account was verified by a member of Parliament who was involved in the removal of Mr. Zebari, and who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid angering Iran.
        Mr. Zebari, who recounted the events in an interview from his mountainside mansion in northern Iraq, said that when President Barack Obama met with Mr. Abadi last September at the United Nations, the American leader personally lobbied to save Mr. Zebari’s job. Even that was not enough.
      Mr. Abadi now finds himself in a difficult position. If he makes any move that can be seen as confrontational toward Iran, or as positioning himself closer to the United States, it could place a cloud over his political future.
      “He had two options: to be with the Americans or with the Iranians,” said Izzat Shahbander, a prominent Iraqi Shiite leader who once lived in exile in Iran while Mr. Hussein was in power. “And he chose to be with the Americans.”
      Mr. Abadi, who took office in 2014 with the support of both the United States and Iran, has seemed more emboldened to push back against Iranian pressure since President Trump took office.
      In addition to seizing the ransom money, he has promoted an ambitious project for an American company to secure the highway from Baghdad to Amman, Jordan, which Iran has opposed. He has also begun discussing with the United States the terms of a deal to keep American forces behind after the Islamic State is defeated.
      Some are seeing an American troop commitment as a chance to revisit the 2011 withdrawal of United States forces that seemingly opened a door for Iran.
      When American officials in Iraq began the slow wind-down of the military mission there, in 2009, some diplomats in Baghdad were cautiously celebrating one achievement: Iran seemed to be on its heels, its influence in the country waning.
        “Over the last year, Iran has lost the strategic initiative in Iraq,” one diplomat wrote in a cable, later released by WikiLeaks.
      But other cables sent warnings back to Washington that were frequently voiced by Iraqi officials they spoke to: that if the Americans left, then Iran would fill the vacuum.
      Ryan C. Crocker, the American ambassador in Iraq from 2007 to 2009, said that if the United States left again after the Islamic State was defeated, “it would be effectively just giving the Iranians a free rein.”
      But many Iraqis say the Iranians already have free rein. And while the Trump administration has indicated that it will pay closer attention to Iraq as a means to counter Iran, the question is whether it is too late.
      “Iran is not going to sit silent and do nothing,” said Sami al-Askari, a senior Shiite politician who has good relationships with both the Iranians and Americans. “They have many means. Frankly, the Americans can’t do anything.”
         
    • By Butifldrm
      It included 9 ministers, 12 deputies and 11 governors ... Integrity announces its full procedures within a month

       
      The Integrity Commission'spolicy is to detainarrest officials
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      Shafaq News / The Integrity Commission disclosed all its procedures in arrest and recruitment orders issued during the month of last November against ministers and their ranks with special degrees, indicating that orders were issued against (226) accused of them.
      The Commission's investigations department indicated that orders were issued to bring in (9) ministers and their ranks, including two current ministers and five previous ones, in addition to two previous ministers, explaining that the orders also included (12) members of the House of Representatives, including (10) members in the current session, In addition to a current deputy minister, (3) former agents and (2) two precedents.
      She drew attention to the issuance of arrest and recruitment orders against an existing governor, (11) ex-governors, (118) members of the current governorate council, (26) former members and (11) former members, explaining the inclusion of (32) general managers of those orders, including ( 19) Currently Director-General in the Ministries of Oil, Electricity, Education, Health, and Industry and the Sunni Endowment Bureau, and (11) Former Director in the Council of Ministers, the Baghdad Municipality, the Ministries of Higher Education, Scientific Research, Health, Municipalities, Public Works, Transport, and Industry, in addition to two former general managers in the Ministries of Health and Transport.
      The department confirmed that the total number of arrest and recruitment orders issued against the accused amounted to (256) orders, including (221) recruitment orders and (35) arrest warrants, indicating the implementation of (51) orders, while (68) defendants were referred to another investigation court and the trial court or To other investigative agencies.
      https://www.shafaaq.com/ar/سیاسة/شملت-9-وزراء-و12-نائبا-و11-محافظا-النزاهة-تعلن-مجمل-اجراءاتها-خلال-شهر/
    • By Butifldrm
      2019/07/24 11:37 Number of readings 115 Section: Iraq   Legal Committee: the judiciary demands lifting the immunity of 60 deputies libel suits and defamation
      BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The judiciary has called on parliament to lift the immunity of "60" deputies from slander, defamation and corruption cases, deputy chairman of the parliamentary legal committee Mohamed al-Ghazi said on Wednesday (July 24th, 2019). 

      Al-Ghazzi said in a press statement that the number of requests to lift the immunity of deputies and their introduction by the judiciary up to about 60 applications distributed between libel suits and defamation, "pointing out that" the Presidency of the House of Representatives referred these requests in the past to the advisers in the Department Oh ". 

      He explained that "there are 22 previous requests reached from the judiciary to parliament in the previous session has not been decided while in the current parliamentary session, the number of requests about 38 applications relating to defamation suits and another section of corruption and waste of public funds."

      "The new requests sent by the Judicial Council to the parliament require lifting the immunity of deputies accused of corruption until the completion of investigations and return to parliament in the event of acquittal of these charges against them." 

      The Supreme Judicial Council called on parliament to lift the immunity of (5) deputies for their involvement in corruption deals. 

      He called on the President of the Supreme Judicial Council Judge Faik Zaidan, the House of Representatives to lift the immunity of its members accused of corruption cases while taking executive duties, while stressing the cooperation between all organs in the fight against corruption. 

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      http://almasalah.com/ar/news/175414/اللجنة-القانونية-القضاء-يطالب-برفع-الحصانة-عن-60-نائبا-بدعاوى-القذف-والتشهير
       
    • By Luigi1
      Luigi asks...could Iraq greed & corruption weaken the IQD RV when it's our time to exchange?
      The In Country RV has been halted. Treat this article as a rumor. Not verified. Your opine.
       
       
      8-31-2017   Intel Guru RayRen98  An article surfaced indicating that PM Abadi was called on to "curb the depletion of hard currency" due to passport carriers of VISA's exchanging 1,200 dinar for $3,000 USD noting these are currency dealers, not basic travelers indicating in the loss of state funds. (Unless I'm misreading this article)  Let's see what tomorrow brings!
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