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Iraq Reconstruction

Build We Must -- Abroad But Not at Home

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

As of this year, more U.S. and NATO money had been "squandered" on the "reconstruction" of Afghanistan than was spent on the full post-World War-II Marshall Plan to put a devastated Europe back on its feet. And how has all that spending turned out?

Preparing for War

Maryam Abolfazli | Posted 11.04.2013 | World
Maryam Abolfazli

Yesterday in a meeting, a colleague asked about what will be needed after the conflict in Syria, what we could help with. I looked down. I was thinking, there's not much we can do if the infrastructure of the country is wiped out.

David Wood

Iraq Reconsruction Cost U.S. Taxpayers $60 Billion, Left Behind Corruption And Waste

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In nine years of war in Iraq, 4,448 Americans died and 32,221 were wounded in battle, leaving behind a deeply divided country steeped in...

U.S. Wasted Billions Rebuilding Iraq

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 05.05.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- Ten years and $60 billion in American taxpayer funds later, Iraq is still so unstable and broken that even its leaders question whether ...

How Not to Reconstruct Iraq, Afghanistan -- or America

Peter Van Buren | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Strange that when I do media interviews now, only two years later, nobody even thinks to ask "Did we succeed in Iraq?" or "Will reconstruction pay off?" The question du jour has finally shifted to: "Why did we fail?"

Audit: $200 Million Wasted On Iraq Police Training

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 07.30.2012 | World

BAGHDAD -- U.S. auditors have concluded that more than $200 million was wasted on a program to train Iraqi police that Baghdad says is neither needed ...

U.S. official says government wasted $6-8 billion in Iraq reconstruction

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Zach Toombs and Aaron MehtaiWatch NewsThe official in charge of monitoring America's $51 billion effort to reconstruct Iraq has estimated that...

Roadside Bomb Kills 2 Iraqi Soldiers

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 07.16.2012 | World

BAGHDAD -- Iraqi officials say a roadside bomb has killed two soldiers in the country's north. Two police officers in Ninevah province say the Monday...

Red Buses Bring New Hope To Iraqis

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 05.30.2012 | World

BAGHDAD -- Iraqis welcomed the return of red double-decker buses to Baghdad's streets this week, a colorful sign that the country is moving toward nor...

SIGIR Speaks

David Isenberg | Posted 06.30.2012 | World
David Isenberg

According to the Defense Department, if you include the OSC-I contractors, the total for private security contractors rises to 3,577. The takeaway is that after all these years the U.S. government still has problems tracking the number of contractors working in Iraq.

Why Doesn't Reconstruction Work?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

When a relationship begins with a war and an invasion, and all the acts of violence that go along with that, you start deep in a hole. As corruption, mistakes, accidents and half-hearted efforts plague reconstruction, that hole only gets deeper.

Billions Of Lost Iraq Cash Finally Accounted For

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 12.27.2011 | Business

As the decade-long Iraq conflict finally comes to close, so too does the mystery of a stockpile of American cash worth billions lost during the war. ...

Obama to Create Thousands of Jobs: In Iraq

Peter Van Buren | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The U.S. is prepared to spend up to five billion dollars to create more jobs for police officers, paying $100-$150k a year. One catch: the jobs are for Iraqis, in Iraq. No Americans need apply.

'Recipes For Disaster': Military Leaders Question Program Costing Billions In Iraq, Afghanistan

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

But in many cases, such as that of the Jadriyah Lake park, the investments under the plan, known as the Commander's Emergency Response Program, have c...

U.S. Leaving Billions In 'Legacy Of Waste' In Iraq, Special Inspector General Says

Los Angeles Times | Liz Sly, Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Khan Bani Saad, Iraq -- The shell of a prison that will never be used rises from the desert on the edge of this dusty town north of Baghdad, a hulking...

U.S. Fears $53 Billion Spent On Reconstruction In Iraq Will Go To Waste

nytimes.com | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In its largest reconstruction effort since the Marshall Plan, the United States government has spent $53 billion for relief and reconstruction in Iraq...

Troops In Iraq Caught Taking Reconstruction Bribes

LA Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Capt. Michael Dung Nguyen had a profitable tour of duty in Iraq -- so profitable, in fact, that soon after returning to this working-class neighborhoo...

Iraq's "Teflon Don"

Dahr Jamail | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dahr Jamail

Today, 34-year-old Sheik Aifan Sadun may be the richest man in Falluhah, thanks to his alliance of self-interest with U.S. forces.

How Will New U.S. Admin. Deliver on U.S. Pledge to Iraqi Refugees?

Sheri Fink | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheri Fink

President-elect Barack Obama will inherit an ongoing humanitarian crisis in Iraq, including one of the largest population displacements the world has seen in many decades.

Iraq earmarks $15 billion for reconstruction

AP | BUSHRA JUHI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD — Iraq has earmarked some $15 billion _ nearly 25 percent of its 2009 draft budget _ to help rebuild the country's crumbling infrastruct...

A Great Text for Reformers

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

Anyone who believes that the United States can march into a country, topple its regime, and build a prosperous democracy, ought to read, study and read again Imperial Life in the Emerald City.

Cholera Threatens Iraq Province Of Babel, Lack Of Clean Water Blamed

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

HILLA, Iraq - The central Iraqi province of Babel went on alert on Monday after four people were killed by cholera and 200 others were suspected of su...

Government Payroll Sustaining Iraq Economy As Private Sector Falters

New York Times | Campbell Robertson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Hampered by years of violence, a decimated infrastructure, a lack of foreign investors and a flood of imports that undercut local businesses, Iraq's p...

Why Are U.S. Taxpayers Funding Reconstruction While Iraq Reaps Oil Profits?

Rep. Maxine Waters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Maxine Waters

An American military occupation has not created meaningful political progress, and the Government of Iraq has allowed U.S. taxpayers to foot the bill for rebuilding Iraq.

Baghdad Bling

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

The sheer audacity of this White House is beyond belief -- why are we permitting Iraq's government to get away with this highway robbery when it could easily shoulder more of the reconstruction burden?