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17-01-2020 05:37 PM

Lebanese banks in Iraq .. Attempts to steal the dollar and demands to reduce its role

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Baghdad / news

A number of specialists in the financial and banking sector refused the presence of Lebanese banks to work inside Iraq because of their weak role in achieving development.

There are approximately 11 Lebanese banks in Iraq, with the aim of supporting investment projects and Lebanese companies operating within the country in addition to facilitating trade exchange between the two countries, but these banks have not fulfilled their true duty over the past years.

Dergham Mohamed Ali, the financial expert, said, "The Lebanese banks have no credit role in Iraq, in addition to that their role is not positive in the Iraqi economy."

He added that "the Lebanese banks are today offices for opening credits and transferring funds and advertising offices and commercial interfaces not more than they are far from their role through which they were found in Iraq, noting that the central bank is required today to set controls for the work of foreign banks and make it private to finance credit activities and financing Projects and investments, not just correspondent banks or money transfer offices. "

On the other hand, the anti-corruption organization, Mesopotamia, called on the central bank to impose restrictions and the closure of Lebanese banks in Iraq for not doing their real role.

The head of the organization, Mohamed Rahim, said that "the presence of Lebanese banks in Iraq is to support investment projects and facilitate trade exchange between the two countries, pointing out that the trade exchange between Iraq and Lebanon is very weak because Lebanon is not an industrial country but rather a country that imports goods similar to Iraq."

Rahim stressed, "The need to reduce the role of Lebanese banks in Iraq by closing ineffective banks," stressing that the number of Lebanese companies operating inside Iraq is also few, and thus this topic opens several sections of questions.

Meanwhile, citizen Ali Al-Rubaie said, "Lebanese and foreign banks in Iraq refuse to open bank accounts for Iraqi citizens for very unknown reasons, indicating that these banks are ineffective and they have become dependent on the economy and the issue requires an end to their existence."

He pointed out that "they are trying to get the dollar from Iraq and its smuggling to Lebanon in order to solve the dollar crisis there, but the efforts of the Iraqi Central Bank are clear by preventing this smuggling and closing the previously violating banks."

http://www.ikhnews.com/index.php?page=article&id=207280

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18-01-2020 03:41 PM

Karbouli: The currency auction was stolen in broad daylight

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The head of the solution party, Jamal Karbouli, confirmed today, Saturday, that the state joints are riddled with corruption and headed the pyramid in which the currency sale auction, while noting that the auction was stolen in broad daylight.

Al-Karbouli said in a tweet on his personal page on Twitter, which was followed by "Al-Akhbariya", that "all the joints of the country are riddled with corruption and the head of the pyramid is the auction of selling hard currency."

He added, "The fraud and collusion operations in it have one goal, which is to steal the state from the central treasury," noting that "the theft is carried out through forged import licenses and volatile instruments and transferring them abroad for the benefit of influential persons involved in corruption cases that are not tolerated."

He affirmed, "The names of the thieves are diagnosed by the Integrity and Judicial Authority, but no one opens their files," and he affirmed that "the Iraqi economy is the biggest loser."

Al-Karbouli concluded his tweet with the Bashtak "# auction_currency_theft_in_clear_day".

 
 

 

 

 

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http://www.ikhnews.com/index.php?page=article&id=207337

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😮 I'm shocked..  Time to stop to stop the auctions and  let these thieves and liars stand on their own .

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Just now, Butifldrm said:

The head of the solution party, Jamal Karbouli, confirmed today, Saturday, that the state joints are riddled with corruption and headed the pyramid in which the currency sale auction, while noting that the auction was stolen in broad daylight.

 

Duh.

 

WOWZERS!!!

 

THEY NOW ADMIT TO SMOKIN' DOPE, TOO!!!

 

:facepalm3:   :facepalm3:   :facepalm3:

 

IF THEE "bad" "actors" HAVE BEEN "sufficiently" "screened" "out", maybe BABY THEE Corrupt Weekday Bicraqi Iraqi CBI currency auctions WILL STOP!!!

 

!!!SUDDENLY!!!

 

As time goes on, THEE Corrupt Weekday Bicraqi Iraqi CBI currency auctions GO FURTHER OUT:

 

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Maybe BABY THEE BAD ACTORS KNOW THESE WILL QUIT !!!SUDDENLY!!!???!!!

 

Go Moola Nova!

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01/19/2020 09:35
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The central bank decides to stop working with electronic payment companies accused of money laundering

Baghdad / Obelisk: The Prevention Department at the Integrity Commission revealed, on Sunday January 19, 2020, its report regarding the resettlement of the salaries of state employees and contracting with electronic payment companies, calling on the Central Bank not to grant a license to these companies until after verification of the availability of all requirements, especially with regard to Managing anti-money laundering and terrorist financing operations.

The Integrity Commission said in a statement received to the obelisk, "The department, in its report on the visits made by its team to the central bank and the Rafidain and Al-Rasheed banks, recommended the central bank to stop the licensing work and cancel it against companies that prove their default based on its powers stipulated in the payment services system Electronic No. (3 of 2014), after which the competent authority in the subject of electronic payment.

The report, a copy of which was sent to the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers and the Parliamentary and Integrity Committees and the offices of the Minister of Finance and the Governor of the Central Bank, according to the statement, “The central bank obliges banks to provide customers with IBAN numbers as the localization account is an ongoing account to complete withdrawals and deposits and to remain On the same account after referring the employee to retirement, "explaining that" it is the responsibility of the Banking Control Department at the Central Bank to provide the money laundering office with suspicious reports regarding money laundering and terrorist financing, so that the office in turn takes the necessary measures. "

And the report monitored, “The Ministries of Education and Interior did not implement the content of Cabinet Resolution No. (281 of 2018) which included the employee’s right to choose a bank accredited to the Central Bank in the process of localizing salaries after circulating offers of not less than (10) banks operating in the Emiratization system, calling The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers to confirm the ministries need to adhere to this. "

The report point "non - banks commitment associated with the National Palmksm instructions of central bank for increasing the number of ATM ( the ATM ) and the provision of ATM and one at least for each (1000) issued by the bank, as well as card not to take central bank actions necessary against one of the smart card companies; For violating work according to the laws and regulations in force throughout its years of operation, knowing that the company deals with more than five million citizens, in addition to another company opening accounts without listing accounting restrictions that support what is included in the financial situation, because there are no warehouses for the company despite the existence of a tab on the assets For the purpose of Alpi ".

 

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http://almasalah.com/ar/news/186323/البنك-المركزي-يقرر-ايقاف-العمل-مع-شركات-الدفع-الالكتروني-المتهمة-بغسيل-الاموال

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Parliamentary Integrity calls on the government to prevent the travel of all interrogated ministers

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On Sunday, the Parliamentary Integrity Committee called on the government to prevent all ministers referred to interrogation from traveling by Parliament, stating that the committee formed in the investigation of the Ministry of Electricity's files had reached important leads.

Committee member Alia Nassif said in a statement to "Information" that "the Prime Minister is required to issue a decision prohibiting the travel of any minister around whom suspicions of corruption are raised, or his interrogation has been accepted by Parliament pending confirmation of the allegations."

Nassif added, “The Parliamentary Committee on the Ministry of Electricity has reached important leads and will present it to the judiciary, while there is information regarding the submission by Minister of Electricity Louay al-Khatib of contracts in favor of deputies to keep silent on corruption files.”

She explained that "the dismissal of the government and its transformation into the conduct of business prevented the completion of the interrogation, while all the files will be transferred to the judiciary to take the necessary action."

https://www.almaalomah.com/2020/01/19/450486/

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Integrity: the central bank has not taken action against companies that violate laws and regulations

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The Prevention Department at the Integrity Commission disclosed, on Sunday, its report regarding the resettlement of the salaries of state employees and contracting with electronic payment companies, calling on the central bank not to grant a license to these companies except after verifying the availability of all requirements, especially with regard to the management of anti-money laundering and terrorist financing operations.

And the department recommended, in a report, which it had seen / the information on, about the visits made by its team to the Central Bank and the Rafidain and Al-Rasheed banks, “The central bank suspended the license and canceled it against the companies that prove its default based on its powers stipulated in the electronic payment services system No. ( 3 for the year 2014), after which the authority specialized in the subject of electronic payment.

The report, a copy of which was sent to the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers and the Parliamentary and Integrity Committees and the offices of the Minister of Finance and the Governor of the Central Bank, “The central bank obliges banks to provide customers with IBAN numbers as the localization account is an ongoing account to complete withdrawals and deposits and to remain on the same account After referring the employee to retirement, ”he explained,“ it is the responsibility of the Banking Control Department at the Central Bank to provide the Money Laundering Bureau with suspicion reports regarding money laundering and terrorist financing, so that the office in turn takes the necessary measures. ”

And the report monitored, “The Ministry of Education and the Interior did not implement the content of Cabinet Resolution No. (281 of 2018) which included the employee’s right to choose a bank accredited to the Central Bank in the process of localizing salaries after circulating offers of not less than (10) banks operating in the Emiratization system,” He called on the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers to "emphasize the ministries of the need to adhere to this."

The report indicated, “Failure of banks linked to the National Divider to Central Bank instructions to increase the number of ATMs and to provide at least one ATM per (1000) cards issued by the bank, in addition to the central bank not taking the necessary measures against a smart card company For violating work in accordance with the laws and regulations in force throughout its years of operation, bearing in mind that the company deals with more than five million citizens, in addition to another company opening accounts without the inclusion of mathematical restrictions that support what is included in the financial position; because there are no stores for the company despite the existence of a tab on Assets for the purpose of investment P ".anthy / 25

https://www.almaalomah.com/2020/01/19/450428/

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The banks don't seem to want to get it right . :rolleyes:

Good morning Butifldrm and DV  :D.

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The Iraqi Representatives Integrity Committee refers 5 ministers for investigation

The Iraqi Representatives Integrity Committee refers 5 ministers for investigation

 

The seat of the Iraqi parliament

 January 20, 2020 02:45 PM

Direct: The Integrity Committee of the Iraqi Council of Representatives addressed the head of the caretaker government, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, to refer the questioned ministers to an investigative committee.

Committee member Yusuf al-Kalabi told the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that the committee addressed the prime minister, to form an investigation committee regarding interrogated ministers, because their interrogation questions are accusative and include evidence of waste of public money and administrative corruption.

Al-Kalabi stressed the necessity of withdrawing the hand of the questioning minister during the commission's investigation period to ensure the transparency of the interrogation process.

A member of the Integrity Committee indicated that the ministers questioned are: the ministers of oil, agriculture, industry, finance, and electricity, and that there are two or three ministers in the process of proceeding.

Al-Kalabi said that the Integrity Committee asked the Parliamentary Committee and the committee responsible for interrogations formed according to the law of the House of Representatives to send a list to the Prime Minister.

Nominations:

https://www.mubasher.info/news/3583229/لجنة-النزاهة-بالنواب-العراقي-تحيل-5-وزراء-للتحقيق/

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The Integrity Commission: Recruitment of a former Iraqi parliamentarian for a corruption case

The Integrity Commission: Recruitment of a former Iraqi parliamentarian for a corruption case

 

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 January 20, 2020 02:28 PM

Direct: The commission revealed the issuance of a recruitment order against one of the members of the House of Representatives for Salah al-Din Governorate for the previous session, against the background of the failure to settle an operating advance of approximately 6 billion dinars.

The Investigation Department indicated, according to a statement from the authority today, Monday, that the Investigation Court specialized in integrity issues in Salah al-Din issued a recruitment order against a member of the House of Representatives for the previous session, in addition to the Managing Directors of two general contracting companies.

And the department indicated that the recruitment decision came due to the involvement of the three accused of not settling the operating advance drawn by them for the project of constructing the road (Al-Dour-Al-Alam-Al-Fattah), which amounted to about 5.78 billion dinars.

And the department stated that the court issued a summons for the accused in accordance with the provisions of Article (319) of the Iraqi Penal Code.

It also noted that the first accused was holding the position of managing director of a contracting company during the period of signing the contract.

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https://www.mubasher.info/news/3583221/هيئة-النزاهة-استقدام-نائب-سابق-بالبرلمان-العراقي-بقضية-فساد/

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Al-Rafidain: They are proceeding with the recovery of the sums by the delayers who refused to pay

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Al-Rafidain Bank announced, on Saturday, that it will continue to recover its money from the delayers, who have refrained from paying their fees for late monthly payments or amounts due to loans taken from the bank.
The media office of the bank said in a statement that it received "the information", a copy of it, that "a plan has been put in place to recover these funds due to those who failed to pay them according to the legal conditions and procedures."
The bank pointed out that "a strong follow-up to this issue contributed to the recovery of more than 16 billion dinars in 2019, and the bank has taken all legal methods against those who failed to pay the bank's money." Ended / 25

https://www.almaalomah.com/2020/01/25/451722/

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Smuggled Iraqi money is equal to the total investment budgets since 2003 and two countries are ready to cooperate

Smuggled Iraqi money is equal to the total investment budgets since 2003 and two countries are ready to cooperate

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2020-01-29 | 02:08

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The Supreme Council for Combating Corruption estimated that the value of the smuggled funds amounted to the investment budgets approved from 2003 until now, which revealed the willingness of France and the UAE to cooperate in recovering these funds.

Observer member Saeed Yassin Mousa told Al-Sabah that “the council has taken a tremendous number of measures, some of which are related to the executive authority and others are related to legislation,” noting that “the recent events that took place in the country have not affected the functioning of the Council’s decisions that do not affect Under follow-up and implementation. "

 

Moussa affirmed, “The council’s cooperation with the Judicial Council and the Integrity Commission - as the head of the war in the fight against corruption - through the Prevention and Restoration Services,” noting that “procedures are taking place outside Iraq regarding the redemption file, and there are a large number of issues that need to be addressed.”

 

Moussa added that "the file of getting back the smuggled money needs some kind of wisdom, wisdom and patience," noting that "the ease of depositing the looted funds in banks outside Iraq creates a great difficulty in recovering them, some of which may take up to 51".

 

 

He added that "Algeria has an experience in recovering its money after it was spent on legal advice and travel with money equivalent to the value of the money stolen from it, but it only wanted to consolidate the sovereignty of the state and respect public funds."

 

Moussa estimated the value of the looted funds, as "paralleling the total investment budgets approved in Iraq since 2003 until now", noting that "Iraq has previously participated in a workshop with seven countries that deal with the problem of money laundering and smuggling of funds. The anti-money laundering law was issued in the Central Bank to meet the international requirements of banks and financial management.

 

The observer member of the Supreme Council for Combating Corruption pointed to "the presence of UAE and French cooperation to recover the looted funds from Iraq," adding that "a meeting took place between the Director General of the Redemption Department and the head of the UAE Audit Bureau in one of the conferences and informed the other about this issue of preparation for the latter."

 

"Officials at the Ministry of Justice met with their counterparts from the UAE side to discuss this file," Moussa added, revealing "serious steps from the French public prosecutor who showed his full readiness to help Iraq recover its looted money."

https://www.alsumaria.tv/news/اقتصاد/332962/اموال-العراق-المهربة-توازي-مجمل-الموازنات-الاستثما

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These numb nuts really need to stop the bleeding to begin with. With Iran in Iraq’s “Control Center”, Iraq is like a top spinning out of control. How brotherly is that abuse towards your neighbors. Let’s face it, Iraqi politicians only listen if you have a sizable bribe in your pocket. The world needs to fix Iran to put Iraq in a position to clean the swamp. There will always be new pockets open to accept available money.... and if there isn’t, then Iran threatens your family’s lives, as well as your own. Very brotherly and thoughtful indeed..... They are the great Satan, Totally self serving and ruthless.    😡

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      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
      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 yota691
      Integrity: Fact teams follow the movement of money senior government officials
      Political  Since 03.04.2017 at 13:00 (Baghdad time)
      Baghdad balances News
      Integrity Commission revealed on Saturday that the prevention of the Department of Investigation of the teams followed the movement of senior government officials and monitor the funds expected to bribery in some cases governmental institutions.
      She Prevention Department of the Authority in a statement received / balances News / copy of it, it was "carried out in one month (135) a visit to a group government and private banks and the board of the Securities and the General Directorate of Traffic and the Registrar of Companies and public body was for taxes and Baghdad Chamber of Commerce and the Iraqi market for securities to match the installed information the disclosure of financial accounts provided to them by government officials charged with the duty of disclosure forms for their financial interests, "indicating that" the number of taxpayers who have been research and investigation and matching their assets amounted to (500) is expensive. "
      The circle to "do its teams to (30) visit to government agencies included the office of the Inspector General in the Ministries of Education, Interior and directorates general of passports public statements in sub-Kadhimiya and Adhamiya national card and conditions of New Baghdad, Sadr City, in addition to the directorates of education Karkh first, second and third, and equipment Karkh and breeding Rusafa first, second and civil education and vocational education. "
      Circle Amnesty said it was "carried out the anti-bribery teams of the Department of Prevention during the same period (24) field visit included some of the ministries of health and finance departments, labor and social affairs."
      The Integrity Commission has launched a page on its official spokesman (I'm an inspector) and called on all citizens, who have evidence and proof and documents available have about the existence of inflation is normal in other resources than doubted he enters the door of graft or exploit the career office, to report it across the page ( I inspector) the requirement to be unsubstantiated and the evidence (as possible) and to be a far cry from attempts miscarriage personal and targeting hopes of whistleblower Ajtnabhma.
      It is noteworthy that the Commission had referred the seven files from senior officials last year to eliminate the pretext of inflated money and graft was the most prominent deputies of the three Prime Minister and Minister of Justice and water resources, as well as the Mayor of Baghdad and former director of the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces Office Alsabak.anthy 29 / D 24
    • 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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