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Ex-Army Major admits to Taking Bribes

A former U.S. Army major has admitted that he took $250,000 in bribes from two companies that wanted contracts to supply the military with bottled water in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Westlaw Journals. Derrick L. Shoemake, aged 49, admitted accepting the bribes while serving as a contracting officer’s representative in Kuwait between October 2004 […]


Rail Company Accuses Govt Officials of Corruption

The Iraqi Railway Company accused government officials on Sunday of attempting to open up the transport system to private companies for personal gain through the suspension of the national transport law that was passed by the Ba’ath regime. Spokesperson for the company, Jawad al-Kharsani, told AKnews that the law meant that government ministries were required […]

190 Dept of Labour Employees Investigated

General Inspector’s office at Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs said 190 employees, including four directors, will be investigated on charges of financial corruption. The Integrity Commission will investigate the allegations and if they find sufficient evidence the employees will be sent to court, General Inspector Hammed al-Zaidi, told AKnews. All are suspected of ‘money […]

Weekly Security Update for 14th July 2011

Levels of violence rose slightly in Iraq last week. Incidents were concentrated along a belt stetching from Ramadi in Anbar province to Ba’qubah in Diyala province, with the majority concentrated in Baghdad. Mosul and Kirkuk in the north also saw a spate of attacks (as per usual). At the time of writing many pilgrims are […]

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Iraq Abandons Plan to Buy F-16 Fighters

Iraq has postponed plans to buy U.S.-built Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets because it lacks the funds to rebuild its air force, government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told Bloomberg. “Iraq is determined to rebuild its air power capabilities, but the plan is postponed … There are no new negotiations by the Iraqi government or the defense […]

Iraqi Oil Pipeline to Syria Blown Up

Aswat al-Iraq reports that an Iraqi oil pipeline, carrying crude oil to Syria, was blown up northwest of Mosul on Sunday, stopping oil exports to Syria Ninewa police source said “a group of armed men have blown an oil pipeline carrying crude oil from northwestern Mosul’s Ain-Zalah refinery to Syria”, adding that the explosion took […]

Safety in Kurdistan

As an Iraq security analyst I often find that I am writing at length about violence, pain and causes for concern. However, for this blog entry I would like to make what I hope is a welcome exception. I regularly write about how violence has escalated in the north of Iraq, usually in relation to […]

Weekly Security Update for 6th July 2011

Levels of violence fell in Iraq last week, but conditions continue to fluctuate and the overall number of attacks has risen gradually since the beginning of the year. Over the past two months the country also appears to have experienced a violent week, followed by a quiet week, in fairly regular alternation. It could be […]

Iraq’s Oil Industry Under Attack

Iraq’s insurgents are targeting the country’s oil industry, according to a report by Joel Wing for AKnews. In June there were five attacks on oil-related infrastructure and personnel: June 5: Zubair oil field in Basra was attacked. Reports differ as to whether it was hit by bombs or rockets, but its oil storage facility was […]

Weekly Security Update for 30th June 2011

Levels of violence rose again in Iraq last week, as part of what appears to be a gradual trend which has evolved over the past six months. Last week saw attacks concentrated around Baghdad, Mosul and Kirkuk, with several more incidents in Anbar, Diyala and Salah ad-Din provinces. The southern provinces have also seen a […]

Reports of New Fake Dinars in Circulation

On Wednesday a number of currency dealers in southern Iraq’s Nassirya City reported the spread of a new counterfeit 10,000-dinar notes, according to Aswat al-Iraq. “We have noticed the existence of a false 25,000-dinar currency in the market, being cautious against it, but a new false 10,000-dinar note, with a very close print to the […]