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US: Iraqi audit points to huge money laundering
The Associated Press ^ | October 30, 2012 | ADAM SCHRECK

Posted on 10/30/2012 8:32:01 PM PDT by Rabin

The U.S. Special Inspector General in Baghdad fear 41.6 billion ( U.S. tax dollars ) is now leaving (funneled out) of country per year...

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KEYWORDS: iraqi; moneylaundering

Rab can but wonder.

1 posted on 10/30/2012 8:32:11 PM PDT by Rabin
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To: Rabin

Cut off their money. Let them fend for themselves otherwise we are dumping good money down a bad hole. Ragheads will be ragheads (I know, I know they are not theoretically ragheads ... but to me all muslims are ragheads).

2 posted on 10/30/2012 8:47:23 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: Rabin

Corruption is Rampant in this administration.

3 posted on 10/30/2012 8:50:02 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Rabin

Read the entire article. Iraqi dinars are being exchanged for dollars by the central bank. It's not clear where the central bank is getting the dollars -- probably from us.

But what happens next is the dollars are being taken out of Iraq -- most likely to Iran, to circumvent the economic sanctions.

4 posted on 10/30/2012 8:55:15 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: justlurking

It’s not clear where the central bank is getting the dollars — probably from us.

More likely from the oil they export—because that biz is denominated in dollars.

So Iraqi middlemen then swap their dinars for dollars and then trade something else to the Iranians for dollars ship it direct if they’re paid in dinars directly by the Iranians.

The trade will be very profitable because the Iranian currency has absolutely collapsed against the dollar in a way the Iraqi dinar has not.

5 posted on 10/30/2012 9:11:53 PM PDT by ckilmer
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I would agree...Iranian middle-men are turning to Iraqi middle-men, and moving the cash. I don’t see nothing wrong with this.

6 posted on 10/30/2012 9:16:29 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Rabin

I think the gist of the article is that a lot of money is leaving the country (and dollars are just what you can spend outside Iraq, so you have to convert it to get away with it). Money leaving the country is a concern because it reduces capital available for investment to grow the economy, so economists monitor it. Law enforcement and intel services also keep an eye on money flows, for both predictive and forensic reasons.

No doubt some of the recent big increase is due to Iranians and the Iranian Gov’t skirting sanctions, where the Iraqis are actually making a commission of some sort on other people’s money. If Maliki will allow Iranian supply convoys and overflights to Syria, banking transactions should not be a showstopper.

Iraq has a world class problem of its own with corruption and embezzlement within the Iraqi Government itself - real chart toppers. I would not be surprised if the ministers bump into each other more in Dubai around their new mansions than they do in Baghdad. In addition to widespread personal graft, militias and political groups have reputedly used their political positions to siphon off funds for their operations.

So it may be money laundering to evade the sanctions on Iran, an upsurge in funding something big like Syrian rebels and/or Syrian Gov’t, or a bunch of rich folks in Iran or Iraq getting their money out in anticipation of something (e.g. war, regime change, economic collapse).

7 posted on 10/30/2012 9:43:09 PM PDT by BeauBo
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but thier money is worth nothing

8 posted on 10/30/2012 10:46:13 PM PDT by dalebert
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