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Iraqi construction funds go to security

The State Department has spent nearly half the U.S. money allocated for Iraqi reconstruction on security, not on the projects themselves, according to testimony yesterday at a Senate hearing. The testimony from James Jeffrey, senior adviser on Iraq to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, shows the hurdles that the fledgling Iraqi government faces in erecting basic water and electrical services, hospitals and schools. Terrorists are so lethal at knocking out power and water that huge sums of money must be diverted to protect reconstruction projects. Full Story

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