Corruption “untouchable” in Iraq

American taxpayer dollars hard at work.

Medicines and supplies have been siphoned off and sold elsewhere because of corruption in the Iraqi government’s Ministry of Health, according to a draft U.S. government report obtained by NBC News.

The report, written by U.S. advisers to Iraq’s anti-corruption agency, analyzes corruption in 12 ministries and finds devastating and grim problems: “Corruption protected by senior members of the Iraqi government,” the report said, “remains untouchable.”

One potential problem, according to the report, is in the office of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

The report said that “the prime minister’s office has on a number of occasions intervened on cases involving political supporters.”


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