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Let’s hope they RV In the nick of time so we can exchange to $$$$ before the whole damn country catches fire !

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Editorial Date: 2018/9/25 19:45 • 198 times read
The arrest of the owner of a banking office in Nineveh accused of terrorism
[Ayna-Baghdad] 
Anti-organized crime squads on Tuesday arrested the owner of a banking office in Nineveh accused of terrorism.
"According to accurate information, the anti-organized crime squads in Nineveh province, working within the Federal Intelligence and Investigations Agency at the Ministry of the Interior, are able to arrest an accused, With a warrant for the arrest of terrorist cases. " 
He added that "the accused is the owner of one of the banking offices and was caught with the criminal offense and is transferring funds out of the country without the approvals of fundamentalist, the process was done after taking the approvals.
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Integrity determines the priorities of an advance disbursed by a director of a government bank for himself, contrary to the controls

Integrity determines the priorities of an advance disbursed by a director of a government bank for himself, contrary to the controls

Written by: saadin:September 27, 2018In: Iraq NewsNo comments

Al-Nour News / Baghdad 
The Department of Investigation in the Integrity Commission, was able to control a file of agricultural advances granted in violation of the controls and bank instructions in the Agricultural Cooperative Bank in the province of Maysan, indicating that the seizure was carried out under a judicial arrest warrant.

"The team of the investigation office of Maysan, who moved to the Agricultural Bank in the province, was able to control the file of the advance that was paid to the non-deserving," she said, referring to the details of the seizure. Was carried out on behalf of a farmer without his knowledge for the benefit of the director of the Agricultural Bank of the former Maysan, who obtained the value of the advance illegally, contrary to the regulations and instructions "

The Integrity Commission announced on 2/7/2018, the issuance of the judgment of the presence of a severe imprisonment of a former director of the Agricultural Cooperative Bank in Maysan; for embezzling eight billion dinars during the tenure of the bank.

It is noteworthy that the Integrity Commission was able to maintain about (220) billion dinars of public funds in the branches of the Agricultural Cooperative Bank through the implementation of many of the controls of the criminal offense.

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COI and UNDP discussed mechanism of cooperation in implementation of National Anti-Corruption Index
Sep 27 , 2018
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COI’s Commissioner, Ezzat twafiq Jafaar, and the representatives of UNDP in Iraq discussed the mechanism of cooperation and support that the organization could provide with regard of completion National Anti-Corruption Index. 

In the meeting, in presence of the Directors-General of the Legal and Research and Studies Offices-COI, commissioner stressed of the importance of developing cooperation, exchange of experiences and receiving the necessary support from United Nations, especially in the area of completion National Anti-Corruption Index, which COI working on in cooperation with other national oversight bodies, as well as in the implementation of the requirements of the UN Convention against Corruption within the self-assessment clause and implementation of chapters 2 and 5 on preventive measures and asset recovery.

The two sides discussed the possibility of using the expertise of United Nations in development of draft national anti-corruption strategy prepared by the Commission, as well as the ways to open channels of communication and joint work between representatives of both sides.

For their part, UNDP representatives Ahmad Al-Yasiri and Mr. Anwar Bin Khalifa expressed the organization`s readiness to cooperate with the COI and positively interact with the proposals and practical steps proposed by it.

http://nazaha.iq/en_body.asp?id=1984

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The arrest of a 100-dollar counterfeit dealer in Baghdad

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BAGHDAD - A spokesman for the Interior Ministry, Major General Saad Maan, said that "after receiving accurate information about the presence of a person who is trading in counterfeit currency, a working group was formed by the organized crime fighting units in Al-Muthanna province, And the federal investigations in the Ministry of the Interior in cooperation with the Directorate of Intelligence and Security of the province, has been ambushed the accused and arrested and seized in possession of forged securities in the category of $ 100, where the legal action was taken against him.

It is noted that the currency is a means of commercial exchange and benefit, and the storage of values and a tool for saving, the link between the economy of one country and another, a tool for exchange and accountability. "Counterfeit currency is one of the most dangerous types of fraud and deception and the most dangerous ever, and is in several ways, perhaps the most famous method (camera), and the way (Alknkr) and the way (Kobe Kobe) and the method of (nickgate), knowing that counterfeiting the currency has serious effects on The economy and the sovereignty of developing countries, making it a customer and consumer always without production, industry and development, and to this the major countries seek to tamper with the economies of poor countries.

In order to promote counterfeit currency, some trustees or employees of companies that pay salaries and expenses must be used, using the reputation of some traders, senior dealers with banks with large balances that make them above suspicion, fraudulent use of large transactions, or The hunt for the stupid and the simple to pass and promote counterfeit currency This is what happens in Iraq after 2003 by organized crime gangs everywhere, with a few experienced and efficient as well as the weak souls in positions of responsibility as treasurers of funds, banks and banks, ports and ports and border points And the customs and customs, which facilitates the entry of counterfeit currency with drugs and foodstuffs damaged with false dates of manufacture, as well as drugs "Excavair" and industrial and commercial materials, which were subjected to fraud and industrial fraud and change dates of depletion and production, which caused the killing and loss of thousands of innocent people in the genocide

One of the types of forgery that has been common in Iraq is the process of forging passports and falsifying the identity of personal status and certificates of nationality and real estate bonds and granting them to people from outside Iraq have become capable of the sons of Mesopotamia and owners of real estate and property at the same time that the number of Iraqi immigrants originals up to 4 million migrants rate 3 thousand a day at some point and forms of fraud in Iraq to falsify the population ratios to change the demographic balance ethnically or sectarian motives in the disputed areas, especially in Kirkuk and Diyala. End Ah.

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Interior: arrest a person trading in counterfeit currency in Muthanna
 
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28-09-2018 07:29 PM 

 

The Interior Ministry announced on Friday the arrest of a person trading in counterfeit currency in Muthanna. 

The ministry said in a statement that 'after receiving accurate information about the presence of a person to trade counterfeit currency was formed a task force by the anti-organized crime detachments in the province of Muthanna and working within the Federal Intelligence and Investigation Agency in the Ministry of Interior in cooperation with the Directorate of Intelligence and Security of the province,

Adding that 'was ambushed the accused and arrested and seized in possession of forged securities class $ 100',

Noting that 'the legal action was taken against him'.

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On 9/25/2018 at 1:49 PM, jcfrag said:

I don’t understand how in the world these politicians that are only true to Iran are even able to hold a position in the Iraqi political landscape. It would be the equivilent of America’s Parliament there working for another countries gain. That is most likely why Iraq has been sutured to Iran by the Iraqi Parliament. Shame on Iraq. Looks like Iran has won their war with Iraq. They might as well give it up if they aren’t going to change things.......  

Seems Iran has done to Iraq what Hussain did to Kirkuk with moving populations into areas..... confusion at its finest .....

Because the majority of Iran and Iraq are Shia. Steal from the others and line your own pockets and support your. 

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New details of a crime committed by a large ring of forgery in Baghdad and Babylon

08:54 - 29/09/2018

 
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Baghdad - Mawazine News 
The Office of the Inspector-General of the Ministry of Justice managed to seize a large ring of forgery, which conducts transactions for the seizure of real estate belonging to them in return for signing contracts for the processing of heavy mechanisms of different types in installments from the General Company for the manufacture of cars and equipment in Alexandria under the Ministry of Industry and Minerals, Estimated value prepared for real estate from three directorates of real estate registration in Baghdad and Babylon. 
According to the magazine "Iraqi Network", the story centered on "the number of defendants in a fraud ring, to conduct transactions for the seizure of real estate belonging to them in return for signing contracts for the processing of heavy mechanisms of different types of installments from the General Company for the manufacture of cars and equipment in Alexandria under the Ministry of Industry and Minerals.
The issue of forgery concerns the exaggeration in the estimated value of the real estate from three directorates of real estate registration in Baghdad and Babylon, by increasing the area and value of properties that are not worth anything in front of the huge value of the processed machinery, and the financial difference to more than 40 billion and 400 million dinars, With a number of employees in other departments and real estate owners concerned, they intend to implement their plan through the forging of official papers to acquire mechanisms of large amounts, and the company equipped, that the real estate reserved by virtue of (guarantees) equal to the value of the mechanisms, but before the completion of the full important The charges, the plan failed.
"After the discovery of fraud in the case of the real estate registration officer who was sentenced to more than half a century in prison on charges of forgery of 67 billion dinars of real estate deeds, staff from our office were tasked with checking property records," Justice Ministry Inspector General Hassan Hamoud al-Ukaili told the Iraqi Network. Which are reserved on the basis of mortgage guarantees for lenders in order to avoid similar fraud. " 
He added: "In fact, we discovered in the foreclosure record that there is a property that is held as security for one of the government equipment companies and in the form of installments. When the employee is asked to bring the document for inspection, he claims that it is missing, and this case is the first to verify the existence of forgery in the transaction. Real estate, and probably for more real estate. "
He added: "We have prepared official correspondence to the General Company for the manufacture of cars and machinery in order to provide us with the existing transactions that have been signed contracts for the processing of the existing mechanisms for the seizure of their properties and according to the estimated value of the Real Estate Registration Chambers, which we suspect of excessive presence. 
"We sent a team to the company to take the answers by hand as a way to speed up our work without the need for correspondence through the mail and to take advantage of the time and we have the definitive evidence of the presence of excessive in the establishment of real estate, the existing numbers there far outweigh the real value, The five properties are known to our office at 650 million dinars. "
According to the network, the employee (BC), who revealed the first thread of the case, said that "the cross-checking of the seized statements as collateral in terms of space and estimated value is what helped to detect corruption, what exist in the real estate registration services is different from Located in the company's general vehicles and equipment in Alexandria. " 
"The cross-checking method reveals in figures the differences in amounts without raising doubts about the issue that we are investigating. Thus, we put the hand on corruption in the real estate used as guarantees for the contracts of processing of harvesters, tractors and other agricultural mechanisms."
"It is imperative that SIGIR speed up formal communications and stop these frauds, which requires the formation of a dedicated team that carries out its task with caution, such as walking in a minefield, because the funds are huge and the corruption process is in its final stages, Towards the detection of corruption is not known outcome, which has already happened. " 
For his part, a member of the team in charge of this case and his name (AS) said: "As soon as we arrived at the company, was part of the vehicles equipped in the process of exit from the stores to the gang members, was to accelerate the steps to prevent the exit of more, which is We managed to achieve it with the cooperation of company officials, but it was a surprise waiting for us after completing part of this issue. "
He added: "After we left the company towards our headquarters, our vehicle intercepted a group of armed elements. It seems that the purpose of the acquisition of real estate booking transactions containing evidence of the conviction of counterfeiters, we contacted the inspector general, who contacted the Inspector General of the Ministry of Interior, Umniah contributed to secure the return of the team from the outskirts of the province of Babylon to safe places, and arrived evidence of the conviction to the Investigation and Investigation Department to show the numbers of fraud clearly. "
The inspector general completed the story of the huge forgery case by saying: "The files arrived at our office, and one of the sponsorship transactions for a property that exceeded 16 billion and 400 million dinars and the area of 200 acres, or in the language of meters 500 thousand meters, which loses its borders and directions any person in this infinite space, On the ground that the area of the property 220 meters only and its real value 7.5 million dinars, was the difference that will benefit the forgers and those who painted the image of this property on paper 16 billion and 390 million dinars.
"We achieved another treatment of real value of 220 million dinars, while the company was adopted in a fraudulent manner worth 15 billion and 470 million dinars, and so on the rest of the other transactions, the difference in the total real amounts of the five properties and those approved by the General Company for the manufacture of cars and equipment 40 billion And 401 million dinars have been taken, and the necessary legal procedures have been taken for forgers, especially those who insult the company in a fraudulent manner, that the dirt can become gold, but the magic turned on the magician, and we failed these frauds and became manipulated numbers guide led the defendants to the back of the bars. 43

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MP on the alliance of the conquest of Amer al-Fayez, on Monday, that the House of Representatives will work to refer officials and ministers on corruption charges to the judiciary during the next phase, among the deputies will work to hold those who failed in previous governments after the completion of the formation of the current government. 
Al-Fayez said in a statement to Al-Maaloumah, "There is a parliamentary movement within the House of Representatives to refer the ministers of the incompetent and the articles of their home corruption in previous governments to the judiciary for the purpose of accounting," pointing out that "a large number of deputies will work to hold the losers after the formation of the current government and choose Presidents and ministers. " 
He added that "the new deputies are determined to hold the losers accountable and refer them to the judiciary to modify the course of the government and get rid of administrative corruption," noting that "dismissing the corrupt and incompetent minister is insufficient, not being charged according to the law."
The Coalition for Reform and Reconstruction has confirmed, earlier, that he intends to collect signatures for a number of members of the House of Representatives to pass a law to prevent the travel of all former government figures.

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Release date: 2018/10/2 11:16  149 times read
7 years in prison in absentia for the embezzled 11 billion dinars salaries of displaced workers
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Department of Investigation in the Integrity Commission revealed the issuance of a criminal court on the issues of integrity in Baghdad sentenced in absentia to seven years in prison, against a staff member of the Department of Health Nineveh; to prove that he embezzled more than eleven billion dinars in partnership with other defendants.
A statement of integrity received by the agency of all Iraq [where] a copy of it, "the Department confirmed, in an exhibition on the details of the case investigated and referred to the judiciary, that the fugitive convict has agreed and shared with other defendants separated their cases, embezzlement of salaries of staff of the Department of Health Nineveh displaced in the territory Kurdistan and Kirkuk, "noting that" the total amount of misappropriated amounted to 11 billion and 432 million and 466 thousand and 548 dinars. " 
He added that "the facts of this case were corroborated by the evidence obtained by the statement of the legal representative of the Ministry of Health who requested the complaint against the accused and the minutes of the investigative committee that confirmed the defendant's theft of the amount mentioned with other defendants and recommended that he be referred to the judiciary. Accused, found by the court sufficient and convincing to criminalize him. "
"The decision issued last August in accordance with the provisions of Article 315 of the Penal Code contained a warrant of arrest and a fundamental search for the convicted person, as well as support for the seizure of his movable and immovable property and the right to claim compensation before the civil courts After the adoption of the decision to the degree of determinism. "
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2018/10/03 18:47

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Halabousi vows to prosecute corrupt and conspirators

 

 

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - President of the House of Representatives Mohamed Halboussi promised on Wednesday October 3, 2018, to start trying the corrupt and what he called "conspirators and traitors."

Al-Halboussi posted on his page in the social networking site Twitter and followed it "obeisance", saying "promise and promise .. We will be held accountable and prosecuted corrupt and conspirators and traitors and start with who represents the Sunnis first."

On Tuesday, October 2, 2018, Barham Ahmed Saleh was elected President of the Republic. On Wednesday, he was formally appointed by his predecessor Fuad Masum.

Saleh assigned the candidate Adel Abdul Mahdi to form a government and will have 30 days to form a government and submitted to Parliament for approval.

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the Sadr Alliance reveals "serious files closed" initiated by Abdul Mahdi, his duties

Sadr's alliance reveals "dangerous files closed" initiated by Abdul Mahdi, his duties
 
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The alliance of Saron, backed by the leader of the Sadrist movement Moqtada al-Sadr, on Wednesday, that Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul-Mahdi will open files of corruption important and closed for years.

"The prime minister in charge of Adel Abdul Mahdi, came as part of our reform project, especially in the fight against corruption and open files closed for years, without clear and declared reasons," said the leader of the coalition Raed Fahmy.

Fahmi said that "Adel Abdul Mahdi will launch a special program to fight corruption and open the closed files, especially the files of the fall of the city of Mosul and the massacre of Spyker and other dangerous files, abandoned for years without any follow-up."

The President of the Republic Barham Saleh on Tuesday evening Adel Abdul Mahdi to form a new government.

The Iraqi parliament voted on Tuesday to name Barham Saleh as president of Iraq after a controversial meeting with the Democratic Party.

The choice of Saleh, a candidate of the National Union after a second round of voting, where he remained alone in competition after the withdrawal of the Democratic Party candidate Fuad Hussein by a decision of the Democratic Party bloc, attributed the reason to break the rest of the political blocs of the agreements.

 
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Maybe now the will see the big names coming out in print. :praying:  

Thanks Butifldrm

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On 10/3/2018 at 8:51 PM, nannab said:

Maybe now the will see the big names coming out in print. :praying:  

Thanks Butifldrm

I really hope so. This will go along way to gain confidence with the masses. 

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Newspaper: a political agreement to protect senior officials from any judicial accountability .. Who are they?

In policy  October 6, 2018 on the newspaper: a political agreement to protect senior officials from any judicial accountability .. Who are they? Closed 133 visits

 
 

Follow-up / SNG - The newspaper, the new Arab country, Saturday, an agreement between political parties, to protect senior officials in the previous government, no judicial accountability.

The newspaper said in a report published today that "agreements between different political parties on the sidelines of talks to form a new government and naming the three presidencies (parliament, republic and government), included a consensus on the protection of prominent political figures in the country, took high government positions of any judicial accountability in the government Coming ".

The newspaper said, "The head of these former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, involved in financial corruption and violations and crimes of sectarian cleansing during the years of his rule, to the martyrs Yasser Sakhil and Hussein al-Maliki Abu Rehab and his son Ahmed and a number of his aides, and other officials such as Minister of Electricity Qassim Fahdawi and Minister of Education Muhammad Iqbal Minister of National Security Faleh al-Fayyad, Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, former officials such as former national security adviser Mowaffaq al-Rubaie, former interior minister Bayan Baqer Sulagh, former Iraqi vice president, former education minister Khudair al-Khuzaie, Samad. "

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26 minutes ago, ChuckFinley said:

Thanks Yota for bring in the news.

Unreal! Maliki is going to get off with a slap on the hand. 

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23 minutes ago, ChuckFinley said:

It is something else is I it.   We are just going to wait and see how this plays out.

This may be the only way they can get enough votes to put any thing through(hcl). 

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27 minutes ago, flyguy2323 said:

This may be the only way they can get enough votes to put any thing through(hcl). 

I was thinking along the same lines, that you cut us loose and we let you run it from here going forward. A deal that everyone is not happy with but yet everyone wins.   

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On 10/3/2018 at 6:47 PM, Butifldrm said:

Fahmi said that "Adel Abdul Mahdi will launch a special program to fight corruption and open the closed files, especially the files of the fall of the city of Mosul and the massacre of Spyker and other dangerous files, abandoned for years without any follow-up."

 

thanks for all the news hounding ,, Maliki's hand was overseeing every bit of those atrocities ... imo only way Sadr and Mahdi will have favor with the people is to prosecute to the fullest extent and there will be some backlash from their corrupt cohorts but its got to be done to move on with the world ... cheers DV 

 

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Thank You Yota . The Hague and others may say otherwise.  Time will tell . Yet still it seems we are in the midst of something phenomenal...........:pirateship:

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If they will hurry up an RV the Dinar to make it equal to the US Dollar I don't care if they give Maliki another palace to live in an make him Deputy PM....

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1 hour ago, DoD said:

If they will hurry up an RV the Dinar to make it equal to the US Dollar I don't care if they give Maliki another palace to live in an make him Deputy PM....

:bump: and I am gone. 

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        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
       09/12/2019 03:10:38
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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!
    • By yota691
      Former French ambassador in Baghdad arrested
      Political  Since 05/24/2017 11:11 am (Baghdad time)
      Baghdad balances News
      Web site French RFI, Wednesday that former French ambassador in Iraq Boris Bouillon faces trial before the French judiciary after his arrest at the train station in France.
      The Web site said in a report, said that "Bouillon nicknamed" Sarko Boy "who played an active role in improving relations between Sarkozy, former Libyan Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, facing charges of fraud and money laundering after his arrest in the Gardonor train station carrying a bag stuffed with 350 thousand euros and 40 thousand dollars, "noting that" French law prohibits the transfer of the amount of more than 10 thousand euros in secret to any country of the European Union countries. "
      He added that "Bouillon insists that the funds were payments to him as an intermediary for an Iraqi company in a major construction project was the French judge of the Court Ghali satrap had commented earlier in the presence of the smell of corruption in it disturbing."
      The site said that "the accused after brought money to France from Iraq without being advertised in any of the two countries, he hid in four, two of which packages in his apartment in Paris and one in the basement of the building and another in a hole in the same basement" .anthy 29 / d 24
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