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Friday, July 15

Corruption in Iraq

There have been far too many stories in the news on fraud and corruption in Iraq. So, here we go again.

Corruption threatens to leave Iraq with a 'ghost army'
By Patrick Cockburn in Baghdad
July 15, 2005
A tidal wave of corruption may ensure the Iraqi army and police will be too few and too poorly armed to replace American and British forces fighting anti-government insurgents. That could frustrate plans in Washington and London to reduce their forces in Iraq.

The Iraqi armed forces are full of "ghost battalions" in which officers pocket the pay of soldiers who never existed or have gone home. "I know of at least one unit which was meant to be 2,200 but the real figure was only 300 men," said a veteran Iraqi politician and member of parliament, Mahmoud Othman. "The US talks about 150,000 Iraqis in the security forces but I doubt if there are more than 40,000."

The army and police are poorly armed despite heavy expenditure. "The interim government spent $5.2bn (£2.6bn) on the ministry of defence and ministry of the interior during six months but there is little to show for it," said a senior Iraqi official who did not want his name published.
I've got a bunch of older articles that I'll post soon.

Drat. And there we were getting all comfy cozy in our retirement.


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