Washington Examiner: The Pentagon pays Barzani a quarter of a billion dollars annually to suppress his opponents

Washington Examiner: The Pentagon pays Barzani a quarter of a billion dollars annually to suppress his opponents

4-8-2023

Washington Examiner - The Pentagon pays Barzani a quarter of a billion dollars annually to suppress his opponentsInformation/translation…
A report by the American newspaper The Washington Examiner confirmed, on Saturday, that the Pentagon pays Barzani a quarter of a billion dollars annually to suppress his opponents, noting that stopping Kurdish oil exports to Turkey cost the regional government a loss of $22 million per day, and this has led to an escalation of fears about the stability of the region located in northern Iraq. .

The report, which was translated by the information agency, stated that “the Kurds in the north are not loyal to Barzani, but to the money distributed by his government, and therefore the moment in which Barzani cannot pay his supporters is the moment from which the Kurdish spring will start.”

The report added, “The Barzani family, instead of working to stabilize Iraq, worked to undermine it because they believed that they would then become indispensable to the West, and this is a clear blackmail scheme. Nevertheless, the Pentagon pays Barzani a quarter of a billion dollars annually to support the Kurdish militias that he uses to suppress his fans and opponents.” .

The report stated that “ordinary Kurdish citizens do not benefit from the oil trade, as Barzani transfers much of the oil revenues he sells to private family accounts and his companies, while public sector employees, and perhaps 70 percent of the region, remain without wages.”

He pointed out that “the Sudanese administration may have made a mistake by approving the oil sale deal in agreement with Masrour Barzani, in which the latter will be appointed as deputy director of the SOMO company, and the Ministry of Natural Resources headed by Barzani will supervise the account in which the proceeds of Kurdish oil sales will be deposited, because the Barzanis never fulfill their promises.” .

The report stressed that “giving Barzani oversight over the account is a reinforcement of his corruption at the expense of the competing Kurdish parties that invest more in the success of Iraq, while the team of former Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi oversaw the “theft of the century”, which is the theft of $2.5 billion in Iraqi tax revenues. The Kurdish oil industry represents a greater theft because it was acquiring at least a larger amount to add to the private holdings of the ruling family.

The report noted that “beyond those nice things that Barzani offers American diplomats, he imprisons journalists because they spoke to American officials, helped arm ISIS in a misguided attempt to use it as leverage against Baghdad, and sold local sovereignty to Turkey, while the Kurds say they trust Baghdad or a group Wider than the Kurdish parties to control the account to pay their salaries more than Barzani’s children

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