The deadly greed of Iraq’s elite

Political unrest since last year’s election has claimed dozens of lives – but high-level corruption has quietly killed many more Iraqis, says Renad Mansour.

The World Today Published 29 September 2022 Updated 30 September 2022 3 minute READ

On December 9, 2017, the prime minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi, said: ‘We have accomplished a very difficult mission. Our heroes have reached the final strongholds of Daesh [Islamic State] and purified it.’

Many argued that this moment, following the defeat of the last remnants of Islamic State in Iraq, would usher in a rebuilding and ‘post-conflict’ stage for the country. Though the threat of Islamic State has receded, five years on Iraq is still mired in conflict, with no end in sight.

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