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The biggest bank heist in history (and why you’ve never heard of it)

In 2022 news broke that $2.5bn had been stolen in Iraq, the biggest bank heist ever. Nicolas Pelham, The Economist's Middle East correspondent, follows the money

01:41 - The investigation begins
02:28 - Where did the money come from?
03:55- Who was Nur Zuheir?
04:29 - Following the trail in Baghdad
08:11- Corruption in Iraq
13:21 - The government changes course
15:46 - Who is complicit, really?
16:50 - What happened to the money?

Artwork based on illustrations by Mike McQuaid

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