U.S. Pressures Rich Nations to Fill Gap in Iraq Reconstruction Created by Security Needs

The drive to make up the difference in reconstruction funds comes ahead of a meeting of international donors, scheduled for Tokyo on Oct. 13-14, to take stock of what some acknowledge to have been a disappointing effort to raise money in Europe and the Arab world to rebuild Iraq. At the first international donors conference on Iraq reconstruction, a year ago in Madrid, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell returned with pledges of $13 billion to be delivered over four years. At the time, American officials said they wanted as much money as possible to be handed out in the first year in an attempt to stabilize Iraq.Full Story

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