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Iraq recovers $116 million from Saddam officials

Iraq has recovered $116 million from bank accounts in France belonging to an official from ex-dictator Saddam Hussein’s regime, the country’s anti-graft watchdog said in a statement seen on Saturday. The Commission on Integrity said the funds comprised $106 million deposited in UBAF, a French-registered bank whose shareholders include 19…

Leaked cable: Ex-Blackwater guards kept working in Iraq

BAGHDAD — A leaked US diplomatic cable says that “hundreds” of former employees of Blackwater, which was barred from Iraq over a deadly 2007 shooting, later worked with other firms guarding US diplomats here. Iraq announced in January 2009 that it would not renew Blackwater’s operating licence due to a…