U.S. report on Iraq: corruption became official and about one billion dollars are laundered weekly

U.S. Inspector General report on Iraq “: corruption became officially and about one billion dollars are laundered weekly and smuggled out of the country

Posted 31/10/2012 07:03 PM

Washington – “arenas of Liberation”
U.S. Inspector General said about Iraq, Stuart Bowen, in the last quarterly report, Iraq has seen a year of difficulties year after the withdrawal States him, as evidenced by the resurgence of violence and the spread of official corruption and the state of fear and anticipation, which was to become of the situation in Syria.

Violence has increased in the third quarter of this year ended in September last year, to levels not seen in the country for more than two years, was killed at least 854 Iraqi citizens were injured more than 1640 people in the violence. In the month of September alone, the number of victims of violence, killed and wounded, 1048 people, the bloodiest month since 2010.
The report adds that, despite the great challenges faced by the country, the Iraqi economy has improved since the electricity production rose to a record level, and higher oil production since 1990, reaching production of three million barrels per day.

The report of the Inspector General independent assessment of the problems and progress in Iraq, and report comes a week before the U.S. elections, and after the election campaign discussed the presidential candidates, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, strongly disagreed over the timing and extent of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, which was in January of 2011.

The quarterly reports Bowen Altakimyat available only regular of the situation in Iraq after the U.S. invasion that resulted in the deaths of 4488 military and civilian and wounding 32220 others, according to figures the Pentagon. While killing nearly 120,000 Iraqi civilians on the basis of estimates of Brown University in 2011.

In addition to the human toll, the war in Iraq cost $ 725 billion, according to data from the Ministry of Defence, which does not include the cost of the State Department and the CIA and permanent disability payments that resulted from the war. Says Amy Belazco, an analyst studied the costs of the war on behalf of the Office of the search service non-partisan Congress, the Pentagon estimates are not included in calculation nearly 100 billion because they are not considered related to the war.

According to Bowen’s report, the United States has provided $ 60.5 billion until last September to the relief and reconstruction activities.

Bowen wrote that security in Iraq has deteriorated significantly in the past year amid reports re-Qaeda activity in the country.

The report says Bowen said Iraq has seen many of the bombings continued in most parts of the country in the third quarter of the year, in addition to a campaign of assassinations and small daily attacks, mostly in the provinces of Baghdad, Anbar, Diyala and Nineveh.

In the section on corruption, Bowen said that Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and President of the Supreme Judicial Council has said that corruption is still a problem even though the two had said that corruption is widely was exaggerated.

But critics of the government said the U.S. inspector general for corruption now is worse than ever.

Bowen and transmits a report that Abdul Basit Turki, the provisional governor of the Central Bank of Iraq, saying that there is smuggling huge amounts in U.S. dollars from Iraq, and most of it has been through the money laundering operations and this is evidence of the breadth of corruption.

The official says the Iraqi financial that there are approximately one billion dollars left Iraq a week, but 80% of it is through false documents to hide the truth to convert goals.

The report states that the U.S. relationship with the Maliki government, which is dominated by Shiites, has soured somewhat in the past year due to growing Alacaha with Iran. Both systems, Iraq and Iran, in favor of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who fights mostly Mtmurdean years seeking to overthrow him and are supported by the United States and Europeans Ouhlvaaha, Turkey and the Gulf Arab states such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The report says that the deterioration of the situation on the Syrian-Iraqi border has led to an influx of refugees to Iraq and Syrian who numbered 39036 in addition to the return of Iraqis who were living in Syria.

And tension still exists between the Kurdistan region and the central government in Baghdad headed by al-Maliki on how to share oil revenues from the Kirkuk fields. Kurdish officials have negotiated alone with foreign oil companies and held her deals.

Iraq had exceeded its production of oil Iran last month to become the second largest oil producer after Saudi Arabia in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC. While Iran’s oil exports fell as a result of U.S. and European sanctions because of the Iranian nuclear file.

While electricity production increased to unprecedented levels, but it is still enough to supply the Iraqi citizens, including approximately 10-12 hours of electricity a day because demand exceeds supply tremendously according to Bowen’s report.

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