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Iraq general says forces not ready ‘until 2020′

BAGHDAD — Iraq will not be fully able to defend its borders and airspace until at least 2020, a watchdog quoted Iraq’s top general as saying in a report on Sunday, months before US troops are to leave. The Iraqi military’s chief of staff, Lieutenant General Babaker Zebari, “estimated that…

Inspector: $6.6 billion allegedly stolen in Iraq has been found

A sum of $6.6 billion allegedly stolen in Iraq has been found, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) said Wednesday. While it was thought to have gone missing, an earlier SIGIR report said the funds were not accounted for due to the “weaknesses” of the Pentagon’s management and…

Iraq death toll for July second highest in 2011

Deadly violence in Iraq declined slightly in July from the previous month but still marked the second-highest death toll for the year, data published on Monday showed. The latest figures come days after a US watchdog warned that Iraq was a more dangerous country than a year ago ahead of…

Iraq ‘less safe than a year ago’: U.S. watchdog

Iraq is a less safe place than it was one year ago as security continues to deteriorate, an American watchdog warned on Saturday, just months ahead of a US withdrawal from the country. The assessment by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) contrasts markedly from the more optimistic…

Official: Billions missing in Iraq may be ‘largest theft of funds in national history’

Approximately $6.6 billion in cash was likely stolen after being flown to Iraq during the months that followed the U.S.-led invasion, Pentagon officials said recently. Stuart Bowen, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, told The Los Angeles Times that the sum just might be “the largest theft of…

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