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Ghost Contractors sink Baghdad after Rains

By Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The first rainfall of the season swept Iraqi cities Nov. 21, causing flooding in schools, houses and streets. Siham Ahmed, a student from al-Diwaniya city south of Baghdad, couldn’t get to […]

PM Abadi: Corruption as Dangerous as Terrorism

By John Lee. On a recent visit to the holy city of Karbala, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi described the existence of “ghost” soldiers as a crime on two fronts – the theft of public money and the breach in security which led to the murders of innocent people. He described the efforts of the Ministry of […]

Breaking the Corruption Chain

On Tuesday, the world commemorated the International Anti Corruption Day. On that Day, 9 December, 11 years ago, the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), was first opened for signature and adoption by Member States of the United Nations, in Mexico. The Convention named the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as the […]

Iraq Improves Transparency Ranking (Slightly)

By John Lee. Transparency International has said that Iraq has risen one place in its global Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). From at total of 175 countries, Iraq came in at number 170, slightly better than last year’s position of 171. This result puts it ahead of countries such as Afghanistan, South Sudan, and Somalia (which […]

Maliki’s Son “Arrested” in Lebanon

By John Lee. The son of former Iraqi Prime Minister and current Vice President Nouri al-Maliki has reportedly been arrested in Lebanon in possession of more than US $1.5 billion “in cash”. BasNews cites Lebanese media sources as claiming that Ahmed al-Maliki is being detained in a prison on Beirut, and that Nouri al-Maliki has […]

Army ‘had 50,000 Ghost Troops’ on Payroll

By John Lee. An investigation into corruption in the Iraqi army has revealed 50,000 false names on its payroll. Known in the military as “ghost soldiers”, they either did not exist or no longer reported for duty, but their salaries were still being paid, according to a report from BBC News. It is thought that […]

Addressing Corruption Just One Part of Security

By Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Talk of reforming the military and security institutions is no longer internal to Iraq, but is now an international demand that has attracted the attention of US Secretary of State John Kerry […]


Weekly Security Update, 25 November – 01 December 2014

PM Abadi’s political manoeuvres continued to lead to a number of dismissals within key ministries. On 01 December, the Prime Minister retired 24 senior Interior Ministry officials as part of government restructuring. This decision comes as central authorities uncovered an estimated 50,000 ‘ghost soldiers’ on the military payroll, prompting the government to take steps towards […]