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There were 55,000 'ghost soldiers' in Iraqi army in 2014.

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  • 01-09-2015 12:49am
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    Registered Users Posts: 3,029 ✭✭✭


    Basically,non existent troops on the government payroll whose salaries were collected by corrupt officers.

    The new prime minister Haider al-Abidi is making a start to clean up all this corruption but Id say he has some challenge ahead.

    http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/08/31/meet-the-man-trying-to-bring-iraq-back-from-the-brink/

    Its a shame considering the reserves of oil that Iraq have.They have so much that every man,woman and child of their 33 million population could be a millionaire.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,379 ✭✭✭donegaLroad


    Basically,non existent troops on the government payroll whose salaries were collected by corrupt officers.

    The new prime minister Haider al-Abidi is making a start to clean up all this corruption but Id say he has some challenge ahead.

    http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/08/31/meet-the-man-trying-to-bring-iraq-back-from-the-brink/

    Its a shame considering the reserves of oil that Iraq have.They have so much that every man,woman and child of their 33 million population could be a millionaire.

    there were also non-existent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in 2003, who's existence were falsely verified by corrupt politicians.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,299 ✭✭✭moc moc a moc


    And these people wonder why their country is in a world of ****.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 18,299 ✭✭✭✭The Backwards Man


    You don't have to go to Iraq for that. Manys a house in Ireland was built on an extra wage packet or two.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 34,809 ✭✭✭✭smash


    Ghost soldiers huh... I guess Winter's coming after all.


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    You don't have to go to Iraq for that. Manys a house in Ireland was built on an extra wage packet or two.

    I know a crowd who were doing building work in a large hospital in Cork and were sent off to do work on the head of the hospital's (CEO? Director?) own private house while signing in for work on the hospital.

    I thought that was pretty sickening, given the state of our health service and the wages paid to senior staff in it.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 588 ✭✭✭cometogether


    I know a crowd who were doing building work in a large hospital in Cork and were sent off to do work on the head of the hospital's (CEO? Director?) own private house while signing in for work on the hospital.

    I thought that was pretty sickening, given the state of our health service and the wages paid to senior staff in it.

    Should be names and shamed


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,906 ✭✭✭Streetwalker


    What a fu cking mess that country is. Thanks team America.


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Should be names and shamed

    I'd love to! I'd love to get on to the Irish Examiner and tell them to follow it up.

    But heard it from one of the guys and he would know if I leaked it, and he would obviously have to deny it.

    It takes a lot to shock me about what happens in this country, but that was a jaw dropping one.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 416 ✭✭Steppenwolfe


    Among other corrupt practices, the checkpoints take kickbacks and it's shared out all the way to the top. The higher up you are the more lucrative it is. Some of the top officer posts sell for up to $1m. A lot of those Iraqi officers are entrepreneurs, not soldiers. With no real leadership it's no wonder ISIS are kicking their ass.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 12,045 ✭✭✭✭gramar


    So what? There are millions of 'ghost' women on Ashley Madison.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 46,938 ✭✭✭✭Nodin


    They weren't very spooky ghosts, given the effect they had on the enemy.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,770 ✭✭✭The Randy Riverbeast


    They need to reforge the sword that was broken in a fight against George Bush so that the ghosts can fulfill their oath by fighting against ISIS.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,859 ✭✭✭RayCon




  • Registered Users Posts: 4,215 ✭✭✭Iseedeadpixels




  • Registered Users Posts: 5,942 ✭✭✭topper75


    They need to reforge the sword that was broken in a fight against George Bush so that the ghosts can fulfill their oath by fighting against ISIS.


    One does not simply walk into Iraq. Its black gates are guarded by more than just orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep. The great eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire, ash, and dust. The very air you breathe is a poisonous fume. Not with ten thousand men could you do this. It is folly.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 26,567 ✭✭✭✭Fratton Fred


    topper75 wrote: »
    One does not simply walk into Iraq. Its black gates are guarded by more than just orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep. The great eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire, ash, and dust. The very air you breathe is a poisonous fume. Not with ten thousand men could you do this. It is folly.

    You're confusing Iraq with Middlesbrough.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 1,951 ✭✭✭frostyjacks


    Wait until they see the claims for army deafness.


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 16,364 Mod ✭✭✭✭Manic Moran


    In Afghanistan we decided to let "acceptable corruption" go. For example, if an officer pocketed money, we looked to see what he did with it. If it lined his own pocket, he had him arrested. If he diverted it to a fund for the families of killed soldiers, we let it go. Both are illegal by Western standards, but the second wasn't really a bad thing given the local culture and effect on the force. That said, we did get people removed from the rolls when we discovered it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 81,220 ✭✭✭✭biko


    Ghost Recon, shirley?


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