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Wartime contracts have wasted billions

Writing in the Washington Post, Christopher Shays, a former Republican congressman from Connecticut, and Michael Thibault, a former deputy director of the Defense Contract Audit Agency, co-chaired the bipartisan federal ‘Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan’. Their findings … Continue reading

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US wastes $34 billion in Afghan and Iraqi contracting

An unfinished report from the bipartisan congressional committee, ‘The Commission on Wartime Contracting’, reports on a vast amount of wastage here , with evidence that US aid ends up in the hands of the Taliban here.

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US blocks oversight of mercenary army in Iraq

In 2012, the US State Department will hire 5,500 private security contractors to protect its staff and embassy facilities in Iraq, as the military prepares to withdraw. Yet Stuart Rowen, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGR) will not … Continue reading

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Biometrics used to Monitor Afghan and Iraqi Populations

Information on over 1.5 million Afghans has been put in databases operated by Americans, NATO, and local forces – equivalent to roughly one in every six males of fighting age. In Iraq, the numbers are even more – with data … Continue reading

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Engelhardt on Obama’s 6 Wars

Iraq: Now largely the dregs of a counterinsurgency operation, this war will not end in 2011.  At his confirmation hearings, for instance, Panetta cited the existence of al-Qaeda in Iraq as a reason for U.S. troops to remain beyond an … Continue reading

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Troops in Iraq Beyond 2011 Pullout

Leon Panetta, outgoing CIA Director and incoming Secretary of State, said that Iraq will request the presence of US troops beyond the agreed withdrawal deadline of December 31st, 2011. The exact scale of the retain force is unknown, and will … Continue reading

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Iraq’s Post-Invasion Prospects?: Business as Usual

With U.S. military forces set to withdraw from Iraq by the end of the year, in an agreement originally brokered by former President Bush, the landscape left behind will look remarkably the same. The spaces and places still driven by … Continue reading

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