Refugees fled Mosul and other towns and cities in northern Iraq (photo: dpa)

Rampant corruption and sectarian interests are destroying Iraq

The seizure of Iraq’s second largest city Mosul and other cities in northern Iraq by the Islamist terror group ISIS has seen a million refugees flee the violence. This is just the latest chapter in the story of Iraq as a failed state with little hope under the current corrupt regime.

CORRUPTION in Iraq is endemic. It is everywhere, even in the military where government troops sometimes detain people until a ransom is paid and guards at checkpoints demand money from travellers.

Command posts are sold to the highest bidder and officers take salaries for non-existent soldiers. Members of Shia militias receive official security badges which allow them free movement and nobod...

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Professor Dr. Amatzia Baram
Rampant corruption is in the ministries in Baghdad and the provincial councils. The World Bank ranks Iraq as having extremely low quality of governance
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