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01/30/2020 09:20
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Al-Tamimi: Iraq can request assistance to recover $ 500 billion in smuggled money

 

Baghdad / Obelisk: Legal expert Ali al-Tamimi confirmed, on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, that the Administrative and Financial Anti-Corruption Agreement of 2005, which Iraq joined in 2007, allows the country to request assistance in recovering the smuggled money estimated at $ 500 billion.

Al-Tamimi told Al-Masalla, the possibility of fighting administrative and financial corruption in Iraq with the help of international law:

1- There is the Administrative and Financial Anti-Corruption Agreement of 2005, which Iraq joined in 2007, and it allows Iraq to request assistance in recovering the smuggled money, which was estimated at 500 billion dollars.

2- Article 50 of the Charter of the United Nations allows Iraq to request international assistance, as Security Council Resolution 2170 of 2014, which placed ISIS under Chapter VII, allows that.

3- Iraq can also ask the Security Council to refer the file to the International Criminal Court, where corruption crimes are considered genocide and crimes against humanity.

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Parliamentary shock from "smuggled money" and calls for a strong government to settle it

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The deputy of Al-Fateh Alliance Fadel Jaber, Thursday, announced by the Supreme Council for Combating Corruption, described "shocking", stressing the need for a strong government to resolve the corruption files.
Jaber said in a statement to the "information", that "what the Anti-Corruption Council announced about the volume of the funds stolen and smuggled out of Iraq constitutes a great shock to the public opinion," surprising from "not paying attention to it and not highlighting the light and caring for it."
He added that "this dreadful amount is equivalent to the budgets of previous years, and a strong government must be formed to uncover the corrupt and hold them accountable and recover those enormous sums", noting that "opening these files will end the existence of large political blocs, but it will stand against the formation of a strong government."
Yesterday, Wednesday, the Supreme Council for Combating Corruption estimated the value of the funds stolen from IraqIt is equivalent to investment budgets approved since 2003 until now. Ended in / 25 pm

https://www.almaalomah.com/2020/01/30/452918/

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This is the problem with trying to compare the oil deposits and natural resources 

of Iraq and other middle eastern countries like Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. These 

other countries people in power enjoy their status and don't steal the Kingdom money.

If they did it would mean a one way trip on a fancy boat. This is why Iraq is a failure and

will never be any different......imho..

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On 1/30/2020 at 11:22 PM, Butifldrm said:

Parliamentary shock from "smuggled money" and calls for a strong government to settle it

  
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Information / Baghdad ..
The deputy of Al-Fateh Alliance Fadel Jaber, Thursday, announced by the Supreme Council for Combating Corruption, described "shocking", stressing the need for a strong government to resolve the corruption files.
Jaber said in a statement to the "information", that "what the Anti-Corruption Council announced about the volume of the funds stolen and smuggled out of Iraq constitutes a great shock to the public opinion," surprising from "not paying attention to it and not highlighting the light and caring for it."
He added that "this dreadful amount is equivalent to the budgets of previous years, and a strong government must be formed to uncover the corrupt and hold them accountable and recover those enormous sums", noting that "opening these files will end the existence of large political blocs, but it will stand against the formation of a strong government."
Yesterday, Wednesday, the Supreme Council for Combating Corruption estimated the value of the funds stolen from IraqIt is equivalent to investment budgets approved since 2003 until now. Ended in / 25 pm

https://www.almaalomah.com/2020/01/30/452918/

Hmmm....does soros own those that sit on the international criminal court? 

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Nassif Allawi: Whales of corruption are feeling safe

 

NASSIF ALLAWI: WHALES OF CORRUPTION ARE FEELING SAFE

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Baghdad / NNC- Deputy Alia Nassif, on Monday, called on Prime Minister-designate Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi to “fulfill his promises” and open corruption files “seriously” and refer spoilers to the judiciary, saying that “whales of corruption are feeling safe”.

Nassif said in a statement that NNC obtained a copy of it, “It is financial corruption that has brought the country into what it is today from many crises and problems that have been reflected in all areas of life. The mafias expanded and spread their arms to various sectors of the state, and they now have offices and companies abroad that manage corruption at home, coordinate and conclude suspicious deals and charge commissions.

Nassif added, “Whoever intends to stand up to all this corruption must ask: What files do we start with? The answer is that the file of electricity and energy is the one that deserves to start investigating its corruption, because this important vital sector is the most corrupt, with terrifying numbers equivalent to the budgets of countries.

Nassif stressed "the importance of (Prime Minister-designate Muhammad Tawfiq) Allawi proceeding to open corruption files seriously in order to gain the confidence of the people in the transitional period and for these measures to be calculated as an achievement recorded for him if he had the courage and courage

https://nnciraq.com/23987/

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7 minutes ago, Butifldrm said:

Nassif stressed "the importance of (Prime Minister-designate Muhammad Tawfiq) Allawi proceeding to open corruption files seriously in order to gain the confidence of the people in the transitional period and for these measures to be calculated as an achievement recorded for him if he had the courage and courage

 

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Al-Sadr calls for supporting the revolution against the corrupt

Baghdad / Obelisk: Leader of the movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, said in a tweet, Tuesday 4 February 2020.

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The Presidency of Parliament calls for urgent cooperation between the executive and legislative branches to address the imbalance in the oil sector

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Wednesday, First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Hassan Karim Al-Kaabi called for a review of oil policy in all parts of the country and urgent cooperation between the legislative and executive authorities in opening all relevant files.

Al-Ka’bi’s office said, in a statement, which received / information / a copy of it, “The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Hassan Karim Al-Kaabi chaired a special meeting of the oil, energy, integrity, financial, and legal committees, which includes hosting a number of officials in the oil sector, to investigate a set of issues between them The subject of Car and Qiwan contracts.

He added, "The hosting came in the light of the formation of the investigative parliamentary committee headed by Al-Kaabi regarding service and taxation contracts and contracts for the companies" Car and Qiywan ", and the investigation of the contracts of the Petroleum Projects Company and the contracts for the distribution of oil products and the contracts of the Oil Marketing Company SOMO from the year 2015 until now.

Al-Kaabi pointed out, "The necessity of cooperating with the various executive bodies with the Presidency of the Council of Representatives and the relevant parliamentary committees regarding opening files, adopting disclosure and frankly speaking to the people in providing all the details and accurate information required in order to preserve people's money and hold accountable the negligent," noting the importance of reviewing oil policy throughout The country. ”

The first deputy speaker of the House of Representatives stressed "the obligation to protect the oil wealth, especially related to the issue of the mechanism for referring company contracts and permanent investigation in licensing rounds, as well as the supply, distribution and export of energy and the work of refineries", calling for urgent and permanent cooperation between the executive and legislative authorities to address the imbalance facing The oil sector and its protection from continuous attempts to destroy it.

He emphasized "the role of the Financial Supervision Bureau and the Integrity Commission and their efforts in the process of auditing and following up on all government contracts, including oil." Ended 25 Q

https://www.almaalomah.com/2020/02/05/454116/

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Integrity takes financial and penal measures against those who fail to disclose financial disclosure

Baghdad / Obelisk: The Federal Integrity Commission confirmed, on Monday, 10 February 2020, that the financial and penal measures established by its effective law will be taken against those who refuse to disclose their financial accounts before it.

In a statement received by Al-Masala, Al-Nazahah called that all those who did not submit their forms to expedite their forms and send them to the Prevention Department within the specified legal period.

She added that the necessary financial and penal measures specified by the law will be taken against those who have failed or defaulted according to the law.

The Authority had disclosed at the end of last year the details of the first amendment to its effective law No. 30 of 2011, after the House of Representatives approved the amendment, in accordance with the provisions of Item First of Article 61 and Item Three of Article 73 of the Constitution, as it determined Article 16 / First covered by the disclosure of their financial dues .

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On 1/30/2020 at 7:22 AM, Butifldrm said:

Parliamentary shock from "smuggled money" and calls for a strong government to settle it

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Information / Baghdad ..
The deputy of Al-Fateh Alliance Fadel Jaber, Thursday, announced by the Supreme Council for Combating Corruption, described "shocking", stressing the need for a strong government to resolve the corruption files.
Jaber said in a statement to the "information", that "what the Anti-Corruption Council announced about the volume of the funds stolen and smuggled out of Iraq constitutes a great shock to the public opinion," surprising from "not paying attention to it and not highlighting the light and caring for it."
He added that "this dreadful amount is equivalent to the budgets of previous years, and a strong government must be formed to uncover the corrupt and hold them accountable and recover those enormous sums", noting that "opening these files will end the existence of large political blocs, but it will stand against the formation of a strong government."
Yesterday, Wednesday, the Supreme Council for Combating Corruption estimated the value of the funds stolen from IraqIt is equivalent to investment budgets approved since 2003 until now. Ended in / 25 pm

https://www.almaalomah.com/2020/01/30/452918/

"The lady doth protest too much, methinks." - Shakespeare

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The director of the Legal Department of the Antiquities and Heritage Authority was arrested for bribery

The director of the Legal Department of the Antiquities and Heritage Authority was arrested for bribery

Baghdad / Al-Ghad Press:

The Integrity Commission announced today, Tuesday, that the Baghdad Investigation Directorate was able to arrest an official of the General Authority for Antiquities and Heritage, accompanied by another defendant, who was convicted of the crime committed while receiving a bribe.

The authority said, in a statement, "Tomorrow Press" received a copy of it, that its owners "managed to seize the director of the legal department at the General Authority for Antiquities and Heritage with another employee in it, for the crime recognized for receiving $ 12,000 in exchange for their change of discovery of an ancient building ".

She added that "the defendants agreed to submit a new disclosure for the purpose of the legal department withdrawing the complaint submitted by it before the Money Laundering and Organized Crime Court against the owner of the property of the antique building, and closed the investigation with it."

And it confirmed that "a fundamental arrest report was prepared for the exact amount of bribery, the numbers and details of which are proven by the investigation papers, and presented to the judge of the investigative court in charge of integrity issues in Baghdad, who decided to arrest the accused in accordance with the provisions of resolution (160 of 1983)."

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10-02-2020 11:21 PM

President of the General Union of Agricultural Societies: the auction of currency manipulates the prices of fruits and vegetables

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The head of the General Union of associations of agricultural cooperative in Iraq , Haider Alasad, on Monday, the auction currency is the main reason for rising prices by manipulating the prices of fruits and vegetables , "
said Alasad during the discussion seminar held by the Iraqi Economic Council that some of the weak people worked to exploit The agricultural sector is in money laundering operations because this sector is characterized by the rapid financial circulation in the sale of agricultural products and their disposal and converting them into financial liquidity, "
demanding the concerned authorities to work to hold violators from the individual vendors of imported products and monitor the markets in Iraq To cut off the road to money laundering operations to maintain the local product that matches the importer with taste and quality. In addition, the costs of agriculture are less than the costs of import.
The Assembly noted that the symposium was held in the presence of the Committee on Agriculture and Parliamentary Water and Mr. Minister of Agriculture and the advanced staff in the ministry and those interested in the Iraqi agricultural sector.

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The Iraqi economy between corruption and politics

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in confirming the causes of the deteriorating situation in all its details in Iraq, creating chaos in a professional manner and maintaining its continuity, is in short ((the strangest constitution)) in the world, placing countless mines, according to the affirmation of Iraqi and international professional laws, which caused In a spiral of disputes over which the political quotas have legitimized the presence of these mines, the harvest of this democracy was bitter, with the fragmentation of people's awareness and engagement with sectarianism, the prevalence of unprecedented corruption, and the birth of a nationwide militia community.
Iraq is witnessing massive protests and demonstrations against government corruption, the constitution, Iranian interference, corrupt religious parties and militias, as astronomical financial returns accrued by these parties for many years, at the expense of a poor people and institutions that began to crack and collapse, not to mention wasting the world's money, in a country that possesses “the second largest reserves Oil in the World ”, as the country was ranked 169th out of 180 on the corruption index according to Transparency International, and the Transparency International report described Iraq and the prevalence of political, economic, and administrative corruption within its various institutions.
The organization's reports also confirm that the volume of the stolen money in the period after 2003 amounted to 300 billion dollars, and Iraqi sources add that about 350 billion dollars were wasted and stolen during the years 2003-2014 with fake projects and financial and administrative corruption in the country, in addition to the presence of five thousand projects that were not implemented Because of poor planning, at a time when the country is going through an internal and external debt crisis, as corruption has exhausted the Iraqi economy despite all its material and human wealth.
The World Bank indicated that Iraq is ranked the second most country in the world to suffer from rampant corruption, in addition to the classifications that it is considered one of the most bad in terms of business and the weak investment environment, given the many problems in the legal and legislative structure and the fragility of the security situation, especially the past months.

The size of the increasing corruption in Iraq created successive living and economic crises for citizens, and confused their country's economy until it became among the worst in the world, even though the country has the largest oil reserves in the world after Saudi Arabia, and Iraqi oil reserves represent about 10.7% of the total global reserve.
Iraqis are suffering from high unemployment, poor public services, and extreme poverty, whose rates were "official" in 2019, at 22.5%, while World Bank statistics indicate that poverty reaches 41.2% in areas liberated from ISIS, and 30% in areas. Southern, 23% in the center, and 12.5% in the Kurdistan region. The World Bank added that 50% of children are poor in the southern governorates of Iraq.
The Iraqi economic and financial file, which successive Iraqi governments have sought since 2003, and gradually to destroy all pillars of the Iraqi economic, military, educational, and health state, and this is difficult to believe at all, but the numbers, statistics, documents, facts, and data on the ground demonstrate this in an unbeatable manner.
And the significant decline in Iraq’s industrial capabilities and in the aspects of energy saving and neglecting basic infrastructure played a major role in opening a wide door for Iran to develop its industrial and construction companies in an unprecedented way.

Iran's role in destroying the country and plundering its wealth economically:
Iran enters as a basic partner in the Iraqi market with financial returns amounting to about thirty billion dollars annually, which is earned by exporting its products to Iraq and from energy supplies and construction and investment contracts that it acquires through facilities and exceptions provided by those in the government Iraqi and their full loyalty to them - that is, Iran.
The economic expert, Salam Smaism, indicates that the significant decline in the material sector has made the Iraqi economy a rentier and exposed economy, meaning that it depends on one thing which is oil, and that it be exposed, that is, it covers all its needs through import and then it is exposed to external economies .
In the financial sector, Iranian and Iraqi reports indicate significant progress in the Iranian share at the expense of the Iraqi share, from the financial sector, as Iran now has about 11 banks operating in Iraq independently.
Iranian banks also bought a share of six other Iraqi banks, and the total money for the Iranians in those banks amounted to more than seventy billion dollars, which reflects an almost absolute Iranian domination of the Iraqi economy.

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the civil ruling economy in Iraq in the second half of 2003, Paul Bremer, worked to destroy industry and agriculture by eliminating customs tariffs, and after pressing against this unfair measure the country’s right to customs collection and imposing the economic policy that it deems appropriate to preserve its wealth, and to preserve Its domestic industries, imposed a formal fee of 5% for the reconstruction of Iraq, while the use of customs clearances that help the statistical agencies in checking import, and thus improving the degree of reliability of the statistics ... Is this deliberate destruction of the Iraqi economy ?!
And it seems, there were two purposes of this procedure, except for the practical aspect of not controlling the border outlets, the control of some political parties and criminal mafias over many of the border outlets, and using them to enter goods without control and the state treasury costs billions of dollars.
The border outlets adopt the old methods of payment, evaluation and primitive frameworks, and do not rely on modern technology electronic payment as most countries of the world do to preserve their wealth and protect the country.
Not to mention the forgery of official papers of many of the goods entering, for the purpose of tax evasion, as some reports stated that Iraq was losing $ 15,000 per minute due to corruption at the border crossing points.
The proper and efficient management of these outlets can achieve profits and revenues for the government treasury that may not be less than oil revenues.
This irresponsible policy led to the flow of goods to the Iraqi market without controls, which led to an accelerated collapse in the local industrial capabilities, which had been weakened a lot due to the ban on the import of spare parts for their machines and equipment.
Corruption has led to the failure to examine and control the goods and materials entering the country, to ensure their suitability and human potential, and that they do not pose any risk to human health or security, nor to verify the quantity and quality of goods entering the Iraqi market, and to limit the dumping policy, which is to import large quantities of goods Certain and poor specifications have a low price and poor specifications.
And far from setting the proper foundations for the import process, and making sure not to import any product that can be produced internally, in order to preserve local production, and to encourage the Iraqi industry.
This industrial debility led to the collapse of competitiveness, and the domination of imported goods on the markets, which led to the demobilization of large numbers of workers in the industry to join the regiments of the unemployed, or the lines of those seeking government jobs without real production in return.

This is what corruption produces in all its forms, not only economic or political, as the repercussions are significant on the environment and social life, and the main reason is the weakness of the state and the inadequacy of regulatory systems, the inability to assess risks in a correct way, weak governance systems and ethical standards, and the failure to activate accountability mechanisms. given the decline in the standards of efficiency and fairness in the selection of the occupants of senior posts, and the spread of the phenomenon of bribery at the companies to redeem transactions such as import, export, etc., and the accountability of corrupt officials followers and loyal to Iran ..
all these and other reasons of the most important weakness of the state and the looting of factors Guetsadha and the destruction of their society .. what Iraqis are waiting for ?!

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          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 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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