BAGHDAD ø The United States is monitoring high-level corruption
in Iraqi new government.
U.S. officials said an unspecified number of senior Iraqi government
representatives and security commanders, outside of Baghdad, were believed to have exploited
their offices for criminal activities. The U.S. officials said the Iraqis
were suspected of taking bribes and allowing smuggling and insurgency
operations in their
So far, officials said, no Iraqi minister has been suspected or charged
with corruption. But they said that over the next few weeks, the interim
government of Prime Minister Imad Alawi could detain a range of
senior officials outside Baghdad on suspicion of criminal offenses.
On Aug. 21, U.S. forces captured Maj. Gen. Jaadan Mohammed Alwan, the
police chief of the Anbar province along the Iraqi border with Syria, Middle East Newsline reported.
The United States was authorized by the Alawi government to begin
detaining the suspected Iraqi officials and commanders. Officials said Iraqi
security forces were often controlled by the suspects and thus were not
Officials said Alwan was accused of corruption and other criminal activity.
A U.S. military statement said Alwan's suspected activities included
extortion, embezzlement and accepting bribes. The statement said Alwan was
also connected to abduction and murder.
Alwan was regarded as one of the most senior Iraqi officials charged
with corruption. He was meant to be replaced by an interim chief appointed
by the governor of Anbar.
Anbar has been cited as a major smuggling route of weapons and
insurgents from Syria into Iraq. The U.S. military has sought to block the
has been hampered by what officials termed widespread Iraqi cooperation with
the Syrians as well as Arab volunteers.
The U.S. military has also reported the arrest of Brig. Gen. Jaadan
Kbeisi, police director in Ramadi, west of Baghdad. Kbeisi was the target of
protests by police commanders, who threatened to resign if Kbeisi continued
in his post. The military did not cite the reason for Kbeisi's arrest.