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Article: “Minister of Finance: 300 thousand “space” employees in Iraq” Quote: “Allawi explained that the issues that were buried because of the large and growing oil revenues are now evolving, and this includes payments for an estimated 300,000 “ghost” or fictional employee ” This is probably more accurately translated as “Ghost employees”, a corruption issue for a long time now and one of the big reasons no one wants to just give them money for “salaries”.  It would all go to these corrupt politicians via this sham payroll scam. The good news – the MoF is going after them in an open, honest, legal fashion.