Inside Iraq - US construction fraud - 27 Feb 09
The criminal investigation by US authorities into the alleged role of senior military officers in the misuse of $125bn allocated for the reconstruction of Iraq, could turn out to be the biggest fraud case in US history. Inside Iraq discusses this case.
Iraq to chase missing billions
Iraq's parliament says more than $18bn have gone missing from government coffers.
The US facilitated the release of $20bn to Baghdad after the 2003 invasion -- money derived from Iraq's previously frozen assets and oil revenues, which had been withheld from the Iraqi government because of international sanctions.
Now Iraqi officials say the US needs to provide answers about where the money has gone.
Missing Iraq cash 'as high as $18 billion'
Osama al-Najai, the Iraqi parliament speaker, has told Al Jazeera that the amount of Iraqi money unaccounted for by the US is $18.7bn - three times more than the reported $6.6bn.
The Bush administration flew in a total of $20bn in cash into the country in 2004. This was money that had come from Iraqi oil sales, surplus funds from the UN oil-for-food programme and seized Iraqi assets.
Peter Galbraith discusses missing Iraqi money
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Inside Story - Iraq's missing billions
The US defence department is unable to account for billions meant for Iraq's reconstruction. The Pentagon has blamed poor record-keeping and lax oversight. They have pledged to undergo what they call a process of archival accounting to track missing funds. Iraqi officials say they know nothing about the
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