Tag Archives: Iraq

Billions stolen in Coalition Provisional Authority scheme

Not long after American forces defeated the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein in 2003, caravans of trucks began to arrive at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington on a regular basis, unloading an unusual cargo — pallets of shrink-wrapped $100 bills. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/12/world/investigation-into-missing-iraqi-cash-ended-in-lebanon-bunker.html The cash, withdrawn from Iraqi government accounts held in the United States, was […]

Islamist prison breaks may be connected to Syrian conflict

Interpol cited prison escapes in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan, and asked its members to examine if they were connected. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23560889  In the most recent escape, 248 prisoners were sprung from a jail in north-west Pakistan. Militants used automatic weapons and bombs to break down the walls of the jail in Dera Ismail Khan on 30 […]

US diplomats enaged in pedophilia, drug ring

A former ambassador who oversaw an audit of the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security has outlined several cases of alleged misconduct by American diplomats and security agents. The misconduct — which the State Department said had been investigated — included the solicitation of sex from prostitutes, possibly minors; the existence of an “underground drug […]

Dead Iraqi children: Mission Accomplished

Ten years on from the US-led invasion, violence is increasing and life expectancy is falling for children in Iraq, a new report says. Nearly 700 children and young people were killed in the last five months.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22366451  The report warns that Iraq’s children are being abandoned as international donors “sign up to the view that the […]

US fails to rebuild Iraq for $60 billion

The US rebuilding effort in Iraq achieved little despite $60bn (£40bn) spent since the 2003 invasion. The inspector general for Iraq reconstruction estimated the US wasted at least $8bn. The “limited positive effects” was due  to corruption, poor security and insufficient consultation with Iraqi authorities. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21692031 The eight-year war in Iraq cost the US about […]