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Making al-Lami a senior officer in the army is one of news the boldest moves yet by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, a US ally, to dilute the power of Iran-backed armed groups in Iraq, the officials said, and aligns with Washington’s stated desire to curtail Tehran’s influence across the Middle East. An Iraqi government spokesman and Iranian officials could not immediately be reached for comment, Reuters said. A source close to al-Lami confirmed his deployment to Egypt for training. Supporters of the plan see it as a way of weakening these groups that boast tens of thousands of fighters who hold considerable sway over Iraq’s security and economy. They say it will hasten the fracturing of some groups belonging to the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), the state paramilitary umbrella organisation whose security branch al-Lami has directed for years. The PMF did not immediately respond to a request for comment. An Iraqi official, speaking on behalf of the government, declined to comment on al-Lami, but said there was a plan to restructure the PMF, including providing military training to its leaders. Some critics, however, call it a risky gambit that puts someone with a questionable human rights record and who has been close to Iran at the heart of the Iraqi military. They see it as another sign the prime minister is giving concessions even to some of the most hard-line, Iran-aligned officials to secure support for his government. “The plan is to bring onside PMF leaders who are not seen as totally loyal to Iran and to ready them through this military training for positions inside the military and security apparatus,” said a security official.

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He is currently serving a 150-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in 2009. There are some surefire warning signs for consumers that their money manager has broken bad.   Financial regulators have online databases consumers can reference for background information on specific individuals and firms. The Securities and Exchange Commission has one, the Investment Adviser Public Disclosure website, for financial advisors. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's resource, BrokerCheck , lists brokers. (A person may appear in both.) U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building in Washington, D.C. Bill Clark | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images First, check to see that the person appears in either system and that they are licensed or registered with a firm. This means they have met a minimum level of credentials and background to work in the industry, Stoltmann said. "If they're not, that's the uber red flag," Stoltmann said.

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