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U.S. funds may have helped Iraq insurgents

AFP reports:

Some U.S. commanders believe funds available for relief and reconstruction during the country’s war in Iraq may have ended up benefiting insurgents, a report released by a U.S. watchdog said.

The U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) surveyed officers and officials associated with the Commander’s Emergency Response Program (CERP), a fund used by U.S. military officers for projects to boost rebuilding in their areas of responsibility.

The U.S. Congress has allocated nearly $4 billion since 2004 for CERP.

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