Western diplomats who monitor converter big money from Iraq to Syria during the past three weeks
BAGHDAD - Eastern June 2: Western diplomats in Baghdad said they spotted the conversion big money from Iraq to Syria during the past three weeks and diplomats from more than one European country were contacted them today that the amounts that have been converted up to $ 7 billion and participated in the transfer of Lebanese banks working in Iraq and the Iraqi bank and at least one. (SEE BELOW)
Tobyboy: This is interesting Quote " spotted the conversion big money from Iraq to Syria during the past three weeks and diplomats from more than one European country were contacted them today that the amounts that have been converted up to $ 7 billion and participated in the transfer of Lebanese banks working in Iraq and the Iraqi bank and at least one."
I wonder if Turki is involved in this, I would think Turki would have been able to spot this before Western diplomats saw this. Maybe Turki not as innocent as everyone thinks and working for Maliki letting on he working with the IMF. Your never know but sooner or later it will come out.
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ZenMav: Tobyboy, I suspect that this is money laundering using the same mechanism that Iran uses. Iraqi citizens know that they can get paid a premium for the USD by Syria, or those factors desiring a regime change in Syria.
Whenever I hear Lebanon, I immediately think Hezbollah, and I would suspect this is hard currency being smuggled by them with the assistance of the Lebanese banks operating in Iraq.
We know that Maliki did a lot of business with Syria immediately after he secured his office 7 yrs ago. Maliki paid them in Iraqi dinar, and that same dinar is now making its way back into Iraq.
We know this because the UN sanctions against Iran and Syria are such that the IQD have to be funneled back into Iraq, because the dinar is not accepted as payment for anything outside of Iraq.
I have my doubts that this is Turki being "dirty". I think this is the same duplicity we have seen all along; condem the smuggling of hard currency out of Iraq, but allow it anyway, because no one wants to enrich terrorist factions with an RV'd dinar. It is just the lesser of two evils.
Tobyboy: Zen As article says largest since 2 1/2 yrs 7 Billion dolllars is a lot of money and should have been spotted by Turki I still have my concerns which side of fence is Turki ? Thank you for your response
Tlar: Zen, its 7 billion transferred in the last three weeks and as the article says its the most that has been transferred in such a short time in the last 2.5 years. This smells of Maliki's involvement.
It is he who is supporting the Assad regime and he might have assisted in making this non transparent to the bank. Most likely this bank is one of the banks smuggling money to Hezbollah as you say because it is a Lebanese bank.
I find it interesting that in the last three weeks, the leader of Hezbollah has announced that he would do whatever it takes to support the Assad regime at the request of Iran.
No matter what the cost in lives. He runs the risk of total marginalization of Hezbollah in the Middle East by going against Assad's Sunni's rebellion.
Hezbollah is generally looked upon as an heroic group do the the fact that they ran Israel out of southern Lebanon and fought them to a stand still.
This followed by yesterdays accusation against Maliki of sending Iraqi's to fight with Assad, and supplies to support his regime under the guise of fighting terrorism on the border.
And then this article says 7 billion transferred to Lebanon in the last three weeks. To much of coincident for me. Maliki has to be involved. This looks to me to be a well coordinated attack on the rebels to save the Assad regime orchestrated by Iran.
Hezbollah, Maliki and Iraq, Russia sending missiles and Iran coordinating all the pieces. Even if Turki did see it, think about what his position would be if he were to step in and try to stop this.
He might as well put a bull's-eye target on his back. My guess is he did not see it because the reporting bank involved, felt they would be protected by Maliki's government, so they didn't report.
ZenMav: Tlar, appreciate the additional background. It smelled of Hezbollah to me, but boy does it ever now.
Tobyboy: Tlar You put a new slant on this didn't think of it they way you put it. Makes a lot of sense in what you are saying. Thanks your comments a always great to read.
Lewis: Now, it's clear why Maliki fired dr. Shabibi. No one stands in his way. I hope something positive happens in July with the currency; so we can say goodbye to this mess.
Lewis: If true, the question is what's the West going to do about it? This time Maliki can't say he didn't know.
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Ellie: June 2, 2013
BAGHDAD - Eastern June 2: Western diplomats in Baghdad said they spotted the conversion big money from Iraq to Syria during the past three weeks and diplomats from more than one European country were contacted them today that the amounts that have been converted up to $ 7 billion and participated in the transfer of Lebanese banks working in Iraq and the Iraqi bank and at least one.
According to the identical information Male Hola diplomats they Rsduha and that the process of transferring money is the largest to Syria since the start of the armed conflict by more than two and a half ... '
and expressed his Western diplomats dissatisfaction to the position of the Iraqi Central Bank of the financial operations, which is a challenge to Western sanctions on Syria. And could not get confirmation or denial of the Central Bank of Iraq for this information. LINK