BAGHDAD / long-Presse
US newspaper revealed US concerns about the possibility of leakage of millions of dollars of the money that you send to Iraq points to a "hostile organization, especially Daash", or "prohibited" under international sanctions such as Iran.
While the paper pointed to an agreement between Washington and Baghdad on strengthening surveillance and control measures, especially on the currency auction, many banking offices that the accused had "suspicious links."
The Wall Street Journal in a report, the first on Tuesday, and I followed (range Press) that "US and Iraqi officials and a group of specialists insiders indicated that the Ministry of US Treasury and the Federal Reserve decided to cut the flow of billions of dollars to the Central Bank of Iraq temporarily as a result of the worsening fears leaked to the possibility of Iranian banks, or perhaps to the hands of militants organize Daash. "
The newspaper reported that it "highlights the important point of the stages of the long battle that the United States waged against terrorism," noting that "the financial officials are busy campaigning chase international and cut to keep the dollar from falling into the hands of opponents who may use it to finance their activities, as is the case with military counterparts who fear the possibility of American weapons, however hostile parties. "
Wall Street and added that "the agreement with Iraqi officials, during this summer, to begin the implementation of more stringent than before the Iraqi Central Bank in the distribution of the dollar procedures, resulting in a flow again under the supervision of the best," afterthought "but the spread of Sunni Islamist al Daash has alarmed US officials from the possibility of exploiting the terrorists of funds that are shipped to Iraq. "
The newspaper quoted Iraqi Finance Minister, Hoshyar Zebari, saying that "the Iraqi authorities several measures have been taken to prosecute any banned the process for the transfer of funds to the organization Daash", returned as "upward battle to keep hard currency into the country because of corruption based on the financial cash and the economy."
Meanwhile, a familiar, according to Wall Street, said that "the case dating back to December 2014 the past, when he called for Treasury officials and the Federal Reserve the US for a meeting with Iraqi officials in one of Istanbul hotels, after he rang the danger they have to increase the amount of dollars sent to Iraq with the absence of transparency and clarity on the final doomed. "
According to information issued by the Iraqi parliament, according to the American newspaper, the "flow of dollars for Iraq has reached high levels, reaching the amount of dollars sent to the Central Bank of Iraq from the Federal Reserve Bank in New York, in the past in 2014 to 13 billion and $ 660 million, more than three times of those sent in the year 2012, amounting to nearly three billion and 850 million dollars. "
Wall Street and made it clear that "the US dollar has become the main currency to stroll the Iraqi economy after 2004," adding that "Iraq when it needs more securities, is pulled from his bank account in the US federal treasury, which is funded from oil reserves, and sent to Baghdad."
According to US and Iraqi officials, "the Istanbul meeting witnessed the insistence of American officials to take stronger control procedures and exchange of information with the Iraqis about the dollar distribution of local financial institutions mechanism," asserting that "the Iraqi Central Bank began to provide the US side with the required information about that, during January 2015 ".
The newspaper said that "Muslim dollars Iraqi Central Bank are sold through a daily auction the Iraqi financial institutions that get them, pay the value of the Iraqi dinar," pointing out that "doubts the US and fears focused since early in the nearly two thousand financial institution called the offices of banking, which is considered an active party in the currency auctions. "
A US official familiar with, that "US officials believe that in many of those banking offices, links to al Daash", displaying their deep concern "the possibility of using banking offices such as conduits to pass dollars to Daash".
The newspaper added that "at a time when the United States has lost some control over the citizen of dollars sent abroad, declined the US Treasury Department to send cash to entities defined as Stnqlha to the enemies of the United States."
A spokesman for the US Federal Reserve Bank, said that "when several central banks around the world bank accounts at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York, including the Central Bank of Iraq, which needs at times to pull what it needs from the hard currency in dollars from his own account."
He said US spokesman said "the American Bank when it provides that service works in conjunction with the Treasury to ensure that other central banks have laws that prohibit doing remittances systems and foreign is under sanctions or with terrorists or international drug trafficking organizations commitment, as required by the Federal Reserve Bank doubling the supervision and control of the hard currency sent shipments to Iraq. "
The spokesman added: I've "been stop sending currency shipments for the year the current 2015, at the time worked as the US Treasury and the Federal Reserve Bank with the Central Bank of Iraq, to strengthen the control measures taken by him," noting that "Iraqi officials are working within the information-sharing agreement reported their American counterparts, through June 2015, the existence of three Iranian banks included in the ban list, is the Islamic Bank of regional cooperation, Bank Melli Persian Bank, got millions of dollars with less through auctions of the Central Bank of Iraq, in violation of international sanctions imposed on it. "
Wall Street and followed it, "according to US officials and others familiar with, the anxiety of the American aggravation in the meantime the possibility for organizing Daash on dollars through currency organized by the Central Bank of Iraq Auctions, as Iraqi officials believed that the money had already gone to organize Daash through those auctions. "
Under that new information, according to the newspaper, "US officials sent during July 2015, a written request to their Iraqi counterparts, the need to ban dealing with Iranian banks, also sent a letter separate Iraqi officials view that the Fed would not agree to requests to provide the Central Bank of Iraq to the dollar until improvement the whole situation. "
The newspaper said that "the US decision came at a time when Treasury Central Bank of Iraq was suffering from the weakness of its credit in hard currency, and the dollar has doubled in market value of more than usual."
Wall Street continued, that "several US officials, including Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for the fight against terrorist financing, met through July 2015, Iraqi officials in Baghdad, and discussed with them ways to reach a solution."
The newspaper saying that in "meeting which took place at the US Embassy in Baghdad, attended by Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq, on the Keywords, and approved by the Iraqi side to provide the Fed with plenty of information that fielded by the American intelligence agencies as well, where led to a contract with the Foundation American accounts, Ernst & Young Ernst & Young to monitor currency auctions held by the Central Bank of Iraq. " Thus, Wall Street says, the Federal Reserve Bank in New York, sent to the Central Bank of Iraq, in (the sixth of August 2015), approximately $ 500 million, before declaring bankruptcy of dollars, he sent other amounts in the weeks that followed also. "
The newspaper quoted, for "US officials as saying that the problem is not solved the whole post. In (the second of October 2015), the US Department of the Treasury held a secret meeting in Washington, which focused on the Iraqi banking that could have ties to al Daash offices", indicating that "one insider in the forty meeting, told her that two of those banking offices, owned by Iraqi political links to them, and that US officials have discussed the best way to convince the rest of Iraqi officials to end those links."
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