Showing posts with label Iraq. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Iraq. Show all posts

August 12, 2019

Jimmy 49, A Legal Alien from Iraq (He's Never Seen) Deported by Ice Lasted 2 Months


This story has been bothering me so much I need to share it, otherwise it will stay bouncing inside of me.......



Jimmy Aldaoud was deported from the U.S. in June to Iraq, a country that his family said he had never set foot in. Two months after he arrived there, his family got word that he was found dead in Baghdad. 
Aldaoud was born in Greece, his sister Mary Bolis said, after his family fled Iraq. He didn't speak Arabic. 
He was 41 when he died, and he arrived legally in the U.S. in May 1979 when he was a year old, his lawyer, Chris Schaedig, said. He lived near Detroit until he was put on a plane to Najaf by U.S. federal officials. 
"I begged them. I said, 'Please, I've never seen that country. I've never been there.' However, they forced me," Aldaoud said in a video recorded shortly after his arrival in Iraq, which was posted on Facebook by a family friend.  Aldaoud is shown looking dejected and exhausted. He said he was trying to find food. "I've got nothing over here, as you can see," he said.
"I was sleeping in the street," he said, adding that he was kicked in the back by a man who said Aldaoud was on his property. "I'm diabetic. I take insulin shots. I've been throwing up, throwing up." Bolis also said her brother had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. 
"As far as I know, he did not know a soul over there," said Schaedig. Aldaoud is from the minority Chaldean Christian community, which has been severely persecuted in Iraq. 
Schaedig said he wasn't at all surprised that Aldaoud died in Iraq. "I firmly believe — from the second I took the case — that he was in mortal danger if he was deported," he said. 
Bolis told NPR that she spoke to Aldaoud every day and that he recently told her that he wasn't feeling well. 
"I started getting worried," she said, and begged him to go to the hospital. He eventually did and sent her a picture after he was admitted. "What I'm understanding is he got a shot and some medicine from the hospital and was released." 
Early on Monday morning, she said, "we got the call that he passed away." It's not clear what his cause of death was.
"It's crazy to know that he died alone in a country he'd never been in," Bolis said. 
She remembers him as a man with a huge heart. He had been homeless, she said, but even in those difficult circumstances he would call to say he wanted to take her kids to get ice cream. "Jimmy was seriously the most nicest guy," said Bolis. 
And he was deeply troubled in Iraq. His sister remembers him saying, "I don't understand the language. I don't understand the money. I don't understand the street. I can't explain to you how different it is here." He wanted to be put back in jail in the U.S. instead, she said. 
A friend of his who had contact with him in Baghdad told NPR he thinks Aldaoud had been planning to kill himself, though his sister said she doesn't believe he would. Naser al-Shimary said he urged his friend to stay strong. 
"He told me — he's like, 'I can't stay here. I'm not going to be able to stay here.' I told him, 'Jimmy, I know what you're thinking.' I told him, 'You gotta hold on,' " said Shimary, who was also deported from the U.S. and met Aldaoud when they were both in detention there. "He's like, 'They took me away from my home, my family.' I told him, 'Jimmy, there is more to your life than that.' " 
Shimary said he and Aldaoud used to play chess together in detention. Shimary, speaking by phone from the south of Iraq, said Aldaoud had been living with a friend but didn't have money for rent or food.
"That kid didn't have to die. He didn't do nothing. Jimmy was a good man. Not like that — he didn't have to go out like that," Shimary said. 
Wesam Yako, a U.S. Army veteran who was also deported, said he saw Aldaoud last week in Baghdad. "I saw him. He was sick. He was sitting at home all day for 10 days," Yako said. "He don't want to go nowhere."
"I was like, 'How you going to make a living if you're just in an apartment all day?' But I feel like he had nothing. He had no job, nothing. He didn't want to go out," said Yako, who has been in Iraq for two years because he agreed to deportation over two felonies from the early 1990s. 
He said Aldaoud was put up in a refugee caravan belonging to a church at the beginning, and then his family sent him money for rent and medicine for three months. 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in Detroit said that Aldaoud entered the U.S. legally in 1979, "before violating the terms of his status due to several criminal convictions."
Michigan police records show that Aldaoud pleaded guilty to criminal charges at least 15 times over the course of nearly 20 years prior to his deportation. Those include assault, breaking and entering, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and home invasion. 
"If you look at the list of criminal convictions, yeah — it looks pretty bad," said Schaedig. "But if you go a little bit under the surface — if there's anyone willing to do that — it was someone who just needed help and who is committing the pettiest of petty crimes." Most of the crimes could be linked to homelessness and serious mental health issues, he said. 
"Several of those, larceny or robbery charges, were when he would open an unlocked car and take change out of the cup holders," he said. 
There were several "crimes of violence" as well, and Schaedig noted that "every single one of those was against his father or some sort of tussle with a member of his family at the time when his mental illness was really developing." He stressed that Aldaoud was "not at all a danger to the community at large," and his relationship was fraught with his father, who eventually kicked him out of the house. 
Bolis said that their father would call the police on her brother and accuse him of crimes he didn't commit. "He could not have hurt a fly," she said. 
In 2017, ICE officials arrested many Iraqis in sweeps — according to Schaedig, they detained at least 114 members of the Chaldean community in metropolitan Detroit, including Aldaoud, by September of that year. 
It was then that Schaedig answered a call from the American Civil Liberties Union looking for attorneys to take these cases pro bono. Over the next few months, he saw his client's mental health rapidly deteriorate.
"Jimmy's mental issues and the fact that he was detained made it harder and harder for him to deal with the process," said Schaedig. "He got out a couple times, got back in, was redetained." ICE said that he was arrested in April 2019 "for larceny from a motor vehicle."
At the final stage of the removal process, when the "strain on him was incredible," Schaedig said Aldaoud decided he didn't want to go through with his hearing. 
"That's when I ceased representation of him," he said. "So from that point on, he was unrepresented. ... I have no personal knowledge of what went on after that, other than that he was eventually deported."
On June 2, he was put on a plane bound for Iraq. ICE authorities say they supplied him with a "full complement of medicine to ensure continuity of care," though they have not clarified what that means.
His sister said the family didn't know that he was being deported until after he was out of the country. 
The ACLU has spoken out about his death and has warned that others may face the same fate if deported.
"We knew he would not survive if deported," Miriam Aukerman, a senior staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan, said in a statement. "What we don't know is how many more people ICE will send to their deaths." 

February 6, 2018

Remember When Oil Was Going to Be Flowing Out of Liberated Iraq? It is to Iran


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 Liberated? Iraq



In KIRKUK, Iraqi forces are preparing an operation to consolidate control of an area near the Iran border to be used for the transit of Iraqi oil, two officials said on Monday, highlighting concern about mountainous terrain where two armed groups are active. 

The operation to secure the Hamrin mountain range could start this week, they told Reuters. The area lies between the Kirkuk oil fields and the town of Khanaqin at the Iranian border. Iraqi oil officials announced in December plans to transport Kirkuk crude by truck to Iran’s Kermanshah refinery. 

The trucking was to start last week and oil officials declined to give reasons for the delay other than it was technical in nature. 

The officials did not elaborate on the possible threats to the Hamrin mountain range. But two groups of insurgents are known to be operating there, one formed by remnants of the ultra-hardline militant Sunni organization Islamic State, while the other known as “White Banners”, is new and little known. 

The White Banners fighters are believed to be drawn from Kurdish populations displaced from the regions of Kirkuk and Tuz Khurmato, in October, when Iraqi government forces and Iranian-backed paramilitary took over the area, according to Hisham al-Hashimi, a security analyst in Baghdad. 

“The White Banners have no connection to Daesh nor to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG),” referring to the semi-autonomous Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq, he said. 

Iraqi military officials acknowledge the existence of a group called White Banners but refused to comment on its composition or leadership. The KRG has “strictly no relations whatsoever”’ with this group, a Kurdish official told Reuters. 

Trucking crude oil to Iran was agreed under a swap agreement announced in December by the two countries, to allow a resumption of oil exports from Kirkuk. 

Iraq and Iran have agreed to swap up to 60,000 barrels per day of crude produced from Kirkuk for Iranian oil to be delivered to southern Iraq. 

Kirkuk crude sales have been halted since Iraqi forces took back control of the fields from the Kurds in October. 

Kurdish forces took control of Kirkuk in 2014, when the Iraqi army collapsed in the face of Islamic State. The Kurdish move prevented the militants from seizing the region’s oilfields. 
(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli, Editing by William Maclean)
REUTERS

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January 4, 2018

ISIS Gay Killer By Stoning and Throwing from Top of Buildings Caught in Iraq


A notorious ISIS executioner dubbed 'White Beard' has been captured by Iraqi security forces, according to reports.

Abu Omer, a jihadi kingpin who is known for his long white beard, has previously been caught on camera appearing to stone civilians to death under the militant group's rule in Mosul, Iraq.


Locals confirmed his arrest to the AhlulBayt News Agency on January 1 after residents revealed his hiding place to the city.

Omer was reportedly present when gay people were thrown from buildings and victims executed for offenses like blasphemy.


Members of the security forces took selfies with the captured terror suspect (Image: ABNA 24) 
ISIS claims St Petersburg supermarket blast that injured Christmas shoppers after bomb packed with shrapnel detonated.

In March 2015, chilling images emerged of three men being forced to their knees and publicly beheaded by a sword-wielding jihadi.

Photographs show an elderly man, purportedly Omer, using a microphone to read the blindfolded men's charges to the crowd before the executioner steps forward to deliver a deadly blow.

And now Abu 'White Beard' Omer may now face execution himself. 
A notorious ISIS executioner dubbed 'White Beard' has been captured by Iraqi security forces, according to reports.
Abu Omer, a jihadi kingpin who is known for his long white beard, has previously been caught on camera appearing to stone civilians to death under the militant group's rule in Mosul, Iraq.
Locals confirmed his arrest to the AhlulBayt News Agency on January 1 after residents revealed his hiding place to the city.
Omer was reportedly present when gay people were thrown from buildings and victims executed for offences like blasphemy.



Photographs show an elderly man, purportedly Omer, using a microphone to read the blindfolded men's charges to the crowd before the executioner steps forward to deliver a deadly blow. 
The jihadi is pictured inspecting rocks ahead of a public stoning EVEN THOUGH THE TERRORIST GROUP IS SAID TO HAVE BEEN COMPLETELY DEFEATED IN IRAQ, ISIS MAINTAINS A PRESENCE IN SOME HIDEOUTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
Last week, a British army commander said the fight against the militant group was far from over.
Major General Felix Gedney, a deputy commander of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, said ISIS remains a threat to the region and "to our homelands as well".

This picture claims to show Abu Omer emerging from a police car after
 his capture 

"But the military operations here over the past years have hit them very hard," he said.
"We've taken an enormous amount of territory from them, we've killed large numbers of ISIS militants, and we continue to do so.
"So we have severely degraded their ability to conduct operations outside of Iraq and Syria, as well as degrading their capability in."
In 2014, ISIS blitzed across large swathes of Syria, seizing Raqqa before spreading into north and western Iraq, capturing Mosul and even advancing to the edges of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

 During 2017, Major General Gedney said more than 23,000 square miles have
 been liberated from ISIS across Syria and Iraq, as well as 4.5 million people 
from under their oppressive rule.
 Raqqa served as the capital of Islamic State's so-called "caliphate" and had been
 under the group's control for more than three-and-a-half years until it was 
recaptured in October.
 Abu Omer, a jihadi kingpin reposnsible for the crime you see perpetraed
 of trhowing a gay man to his death as well as others


In early December, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi formally announced ISIS had been driven out of Iraq.
But Major General Gedney said Iraqi security forces are continuing to hunt down remnants of the militant group "hiding throughout the country".
Mirror UK

August 17, 2016

The *Only Gay Speaking Iraqi Making His Country Safer for Others



 
Amir Ashour the only Iraqi gay *speaking at a One Young World event 

 

“I don’t like being known as the ‘only gay Iraqi activist’”, Amir Ashour says, brow furrowing slightly.

But the label is hard to escape: Ashour, originally from Sulaimaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan, has been beaten up and arrested because of his sexuality. In 2015, he was forced to flee his home and seek asylum in Sweden, fearing for his life. 

Now 26, he’s already been through more than many people could ever imagine - but, Ashour says, he wouldn’t have changed a thing. 

“It is not exactly a choice”, he says. “It is not easy… it’s draining. But there is nothing else I would or could do. Everything I’ve been through, everyone I’ve met who has inspired me, it’s all relevant.”  

  
Ashour is the founder and leading voice of IraQueer, the only LGBT+ rights awareness organisation operating in Iraq, which is forced to carry out most of its work anonymously. The growing network of activists, most using synonyms rather than their real names, is a precious resource for Iraq’s gay community, which remains almost completely underground for fear of dying at the hands of armed vigilante gangs, rogue police officers, or family members unable to accept them. 

As recently as 1995, Saddam Hussein created a paramilitary group with the sole purpose of identifying, torturing and executing LGBT+ individuals, as well as women accused of adultery, and the memory - as well as the taboo - is still fresh for many. Post-Saddam, the gay community began tentatively organising parties and meet-ups in gay-friendly spaces, but militia attacks have increased again in recent years, driving the community further underground.

While same-sex relationships were decriminalised after the US invasion, Iraqi law offers no constitutional protection for LGBT+ citizens, and the state often turns a blind eye to the horrors non-conforming Iraqis face if outed. Shiite militias who claim to be fighting Isis under the banner of the Iraqi army have been accused of multiple murders by the International Lesbian and Gay Human Rights Commission.
 
IraQueer’s role is vital in providing advice and safe houses for LGBT+ people - often teenagers - who have been disowned by their families, or fled for their own safety. Doctors and officials will often refuse to deal with people they think are gay, so IraQueer tries to connect vulnerable people to allies, too.

The group has about 40 regular contributors and has been growing steadily for two years, now reaching up to 11,000 readers a month via essays and safety warnings tirelessly translated from Kurdish or Arabic into English or vice versa. Yet its members have only just met face to face for the first time, at a workshop organised by Ashour in Lebanon last month. It was a fantastic experience, he says. 

“Technology, and especially social media, have changed the face of activism, they’ve had so much impact for us”, Ashour says. “That me and my fellow activists can talk long-distance and hide our identities… that would never have been possible before the last few years.” 
 
Ashour has lived in Malmo in Sweden since last year. He loves life in Europe, where he is free to be himself. “I have never hidden who I am. It was never a question of ‘coming out of the closet’, there was nothing to escape from,” he says. Ashour's family, and group of friends and activists at university, were all very accepting, he says. But even in a relatively liberal area such as Iraqi Kurdistan, witch-hunts are still mounted for people suspected of being gay, or partaking in ‘sinful’ behaviour.  

This is what happened to Ashour. He was forced to leave the country to escape rumours which bought him to the attention of local vigilantes, started while he was working for a women's rights group in Baghdad. But he also has the strength to use his experiences to speak out, in the hope that others will not have to suffer the same discrimination.
 
I met Ashour while he was in London this summer to meet with UKLGIG, a UK charity which works to support LGBT aslyum seekers and refugees, and One Young World (OYW) representatives. OYW was founded in 2009 with the aim of bringing together young leaders to effect lasting, positive change. Meeting others from across the world who face the same LGBT struggle as he does, or stand up for other worthy causes, has “shaped the way I look at the world... The core, the root of everything I try to do, is giving the voiceless a voice,” Ashour says. 

The renewed scrutiny of Muslim attitudes towards homosexuality following the Orlando LGBT nightclub shooting by an closeted Muslim man has, for Ashour, driven home how important this is. “There is no room for the gay Muslim narrative, even now”, he says. “I never had to come out of the closet. But I still could never have functioned without my support network. And that’s what IraQueer is to many people now.” 
But, as Ashour concedes, the opportunities opened up to IraQueer by the internet and secure smartphone messaging is both a blessing and a threat. While the net helps LGBT+ people in Iraq find each other, an uncleared browser cache or public comments or likes on a gay-friendly Facebook page can help vigilantes identify and track down people they suspect of homosexual behaviour. 

One of the crucial aims of IraQueer’s first in-person workshop, which took place in secret in Lebanon last month, was to help teach members how to keep themselves safe online, whether by using fake names and accounts or switching to services much harder to hack such as encrypted messaging and Tor browsers.

It’s sad, Ashour notes, that the international community only focused on the lack of gay rights in the Middle East after Isis’s hatred placed the issue on the world stage. Horrific reports from Idlib and Kirkuk of public executions by  al-Nusra and Isis, as well as images of gay men forced to jump from buildings, reverberated in the world’s media. 

And while Isis’ atrocities continue to grab international attention, gay people continue to suffer across the Arab world, Ashour says. “The problem is so much wider, and deeper rooted, than this recent flare of extremism”, he adds.

Ashour is also sceptical of Kurdish efforts to portray the now autonomous regions across Iraq and Syria as gay-friendly. “It’s an attractive idea politically, gay rights, it is an encouraging sign to the West,” he says. “Talking is easier than action, though. And Rojava [Kurdish region] is still yet to be tested like that.”

I ask Ashour whether he thinks his battle is hopeless. He says he still has hope, and if it’s ever possible to be openly gay in Iraq, he’ll be the first to go back. One day he wants to run for office in his native country. But for now, he’s strengthening IraQueer, and enjoying being able to date in Sweden.

“I want to be the one who makes it possible to be gay in Iraq. Maybe I’ll be attacked for it, it’s possible. But winning is a mindset. And as long as IraQueer exists and grows, we are prepared, we are winning. All we need is time.”


*The only speaking (out) gay Iraqi  

June 7, 2016

An Iraqi Gay Love Story that Didn’t End in Death



                                                                         
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Brushing each other’s hair out of their eyes, exchanging quick kisses, and whispering sweet nothings in Arabic, Nayyef Hrebid and Btoo Allami are clearly a couple in love.

“I am proud of our life,” Allami told TakePart, tapping his heart with one hand and gesturing toward his husband with the other. But it wasn’t too long ago that the two were forced to keep their relationship a secret.


Hrebid and Allami are the subjects of the documentary Out of Iraq, which made its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival last week. The film tracks their 12-year relationship, following the couple from their forbidden romance in Iraq to a years-long battle to gain asylum in the U.S.

Hrebid and Allami fell in love in 2004 while both were working in the military, Hrebid as a translator for the U.S. Marines and Allami as a soldier in the Iraqi army.

Being openly gay in Iraq was not an option, and even revealing their feelings to each other came with a risk.

“I wanted to tell him, ‘I love you,’ but was afraid,” Allami says in the film. Their relationship was sealed with a kiss four days after they met.

Consensual homosexual relationships are not expressly illegal under Iraq’s penal code, yet LGBT Iraqis have faced harassment, beatings, and brutal executions because of their sexual orientation. Militant groups have systemically persecuted LGBT Iraqis, but family and community members present the most common, most lethal threat, according to a 2014 report from Out Right International.

“For my family, it’s a lot about shame—that people will [say] bad things about them,” Hrebid told TakePart. “They want anything to kill this shame. That’s what I was most worried about.”

Along with fearing persecution, Hrebid was in danger because of his work with the Marines. In 2007, his name appeared on the hit list of a militant group that targeted translators as traitors. Hrebid was granted a visa and resettled in Seattle in 2009. He was forced to leave Allami, who was denied both tourist and student visas. 

The next six years were filled with efforts to get Allami out of the Middle East. He spent several years living illegally in Lebanon—he deserted his post in the Iraqi army in 2010—after his family threatened his life after discovering his sexual orientation. With dozens of identification checkpoints throughout Lebanon, the couple feared that Allami’s illegal living situation would be discovered, and he would be sent back to Iraq.

From Seattle, Hrebid worked with advocates to send Allami money, file paperwork, and schedule interviews with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Allami had nine interviews with UNHCR—one of which lasted 11 hours—but he was repeatedly denied refugee status. Allami pursued asylum through a Canadian program and moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2013. In 2015, he was granted a visa to live in the U.S.

“That’s the moment I’d been waiting for all of my life,” Hrebid said of the couple’s interview at the U.S. consulate in Montreal. 
While the pair’s story has a happy ending, they hope their film will spread awareness about the plight of LGBT Iraqis and the difficulty of obtaining refugee status based on sexual orientation.

They are giving back to their community by sponsoring LGBT Iraqis in Seattle. So far, they’ve worked with eight refugees, helping them find jobs and adapt to American culture.

“First time, we needed help,” Allami said. “Now we can help.” 






Samantha Cowan

July 24, 2015

Baghdad’s ‘secret’ shops for ‘sex’ toy’s












Iraqis shop at the Souk al-Shorja wholesale market in central Baghdad, Aug. 30, 2008. (photo by Getty/AFP/Ali Al-Saadi) 
BAGHDAD — In Souk al-Shorja, in the center of Baghdad, a young man called out to his friend, pointing to a street vendor on the crowded sidewalk.
Summary⎙ Print Iraqi citizens and the central government are outraged by the spread of sexual products in popular markets across the country. 



“See? Even in the West, such merchandise is not on display in popular markets,” the young man said.
A woman walked by and saw the man pointing. She looked out of curiosity, but quickly turned and hurried away.
The popular markets spread many surprises over Iraq's sidewalks. You can find anything in these markets, even medicine. But the last thing one expects to see are sex toys, like dildos and other items for both men and women in various colors and sizes and a wide range of sexual performance enhancers.
These are surprising and strange things to find in a popular market, especially one in a capital where Islamist forces control political life and those in power frequently meddle in citizens’ everyday affairs in the name of ethics and religion.
Al-Monitor watched the shoppers in Shorja and saw many youths stop in front of these vendors, smiling and joking. Some went as far as waving a dildo in the air for their friends to see. Some were taken aback and asked the vendor questions like “Do people really buy these things?”
Iraqi society is known for its tribal and conservative nature, and religious control seems to have taken firmer hold in the past decade. It is odd that such merchandise is so openly sold, especially in a huge public market like Shorja, where products such as foodstuffs, clothes and cosmetics are the most common wares and where the open sale of sex toys appeared only relatively recently. Nevertheless, one such vendor said he believes his merchandise is as “normal as any other.”
The authorities have not turned a blind eye to this phenomenon. In 2012, Baghdad’s city council, annoyed with the spread of sexual products, called for legal measures against the networks involved in their trade. But the authorities were not powerful enough to control or limit this trade, and the merchandise has only become easier to find.
There are no specific laws against the trade of sex products, although selling them is widely considered indecent and immoral.
A vendor who wished not to be named told Al-Monitor, “This merchandise has been available in the market since 2004. We would sell it secretly to women’s beauty salons and to some women called 'dalalas,' who were known for selling the merchandise in popular neighborhoods. However, they have been sold on sidewalks in some popular markets for a long time.”
The vendor added while fixing his stand that he mostly “sells these dildos to men for fun and pranks.” But he asserted that some men “really need them, although they pretend to joke about the issue.”
According to the vendor, “Most women do not buy dildos from the stand. Usually, they order them on the phone” from stalls in the market.
Bab al-Sharqi market is a surreal oasis of illicit products. In the completely unregulated marketmedicine is sold alongside shoes, military uniforms, toys, sexual performance enhancers, porn movies and mysterious ointments.
All products are on display, with no supervision or interference by the authorities. Vendors are audacious and blunt. Here, however, unlike Shorja, the shoppers are restricted to men.
Hussein Koulshi, a young vendor who sells sex drugs and toys, told Al-Monitor, “The police are always after us, but they cannot take over the Bab al-Sharqi market. It is our source of living, and we have our own ways to protect it.”
"Koulshi," whose nickname means “jack-of-all-trades,” noted that many clients buy toys and sexual enhancers. “Many teenagers buy this stuff,” he added, noting, “Prices vary between $40 and $200, but some merchandise is more expensive and rarely demanded.”
Abdul Hussein al-Kaabi, a pharmacist who owns a medicine warehouse, told Al-Monitor that the products come from China and are sometimes hidden in shipments of medicine or clothes and smuggled through ports or land border crossings.
“Most of the merchandise is not up to health standards and might lead to diseases and inflammation,” he said, adding, “Sexual enhancers might result in death, especially since they are taken without a doctor’s prescription.”
Ali Jassim al-Maytoti, a member of the Iraqi parliament's National Security and Defense Committee, told Al-Monitor, “Allowing such immoral products to enter Iraq is no less of a crime than IS’ destruction of society.” He added, “There is corruption at the border crossings, and this explains the entry of products banned by the state. Some networks aim to destroy society by supplying products that are against Iraq’s social mores.”
Maytoti does not have much information about these products, how they enter the country or how they are traded on the Iraqi market. However, he blames the “unstable security situation in Iraq, which makes it hard to pursue deviant social phenomena.”
Neighboring countries such as Iran, Jordan and Syria consider Iraq to be one of the places where products below global health standards are sold. The government has discovered counterfeit medicine and tainted food supplies being sold to Iraq from neighboring countries several times.
With the rampant security chaos and corruption in the government, limiting these phenomena or even passing laws to ban the importation of substandard products seems almost impossible.
Author Omar al-Jaffal  
Translator Pascale Menassa


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Contributor,  Iraq Pulse
Omar al-Jaffal is an Iraqi writer and poet. He is an editor of Bayt and Nathr, two intellectual magazines that are published in Iraq. He is also the chief editor of Al-Aalam al-Jadid, an electronic newspaper. 

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