Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction
SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION ARLINGTON VA
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Th is quarter, a number of Government of Iraq GOI officials told SIGIR that corruption was on the rise, diverting significant amounts of Iraq s increasing oil income away from pressing economic and social needs. Moreover, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki s opponents remained concerned about the continuing political imbroglio, which has been exacerbated by constitutionally questionable acts. For example, the decision by the Council of Ministers CoM to dismiss the Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq CBI and appoint a temporary successor created controversy both inside and outside Iraq. Other signs of political strain An increase in violence. On September 9, when a Baghdad court sentenced Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi to death, the country suff ered its bloodiest day of violence in more than two years. Problems in the GOI s relations with Turkey. Iraq s relations with its northern neighbor and major trading partner grew worse this quarter because of Turkey s independent dealings with the Kurdistan Regional Government KRG and the continued presence in Istanbul of Iraq s estranged Vice President, al-Hashimi. Challenges from Syria. The civil unrest in Syria caused thousands of Syrians to seek refuge in Iraq and more Iraqi refugees to return home from Syria. Concerns increased that the confl ict in Syria would spill over into Iraq.
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