my buddy is back for a short while from iraq. he is in the army, stationed just outside of baghdad and inside the green zone. he was filling me in on all kinds of interesting stories from his 2+ years over there.
he confirmed a lot of things we already know. he said all troops are required to be completely out of iraq by december 27 of this year. he had major reservations on this, saying iraq is NOWHERE near ready for this... but they are ordered to withdraw. he is going back next month just to tear down his base and what they built while there.
of course i had to ask him about the dinar. i asked him if he had any. his response was "over there i do." he explained that he's not allowed to take a single dinar out of iraq. i asked him why he thought that was, and he said without a doubt, they're afraid the soldiers will become wealthy by being invested in their currency. i asked him if he's allowed to buy dinar, and he said they are not... can't even buy any from a currency dealer while in the states. he said he can exchange USD for dinar while over there, but it stays in iraq. he is not allowed to take any out of country. thought this was interesting. their border control is insane, and they look for many things leaving and entering the country. dinar is specifically one of them.
nothing major... just thought i'd pass it along.