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Iraq faces ‘new war’ – on corruption

BAGHDAD: They have fled the country, their pockets full, or been released from prison under amnesties: despite Iraq's "war" on corruption, those guilty of embezzling state funds often evade justice. Even before he declared victory against the Islamic State group in early December after a three-year battle, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the country's next fight would be against graft, vowing to "surprise the corrupt". With billions of dollars in state money flowing into phantom projects used as vehicles for…