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Al-Qaida warns of more Iraq attacks

BAGHDAD, March 20 (UPI) -- Attacks on Shiite neighborhoods Tuesday in Baghdad are only the beginning of al-Qaida's vengeance, the terrorist organization said.
Iraq better off after invasion, U.S. says

Iraq better off after invasion, U.S. says

WASHINGTON, March 15 (UPI) -- There are complex challenges remaining for Iraq but the country is better off than it was under Saddam Hussein, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said.
U.S. clout hurt by Iraq War, scholar says

U.S. clout hurt by Iraq War, scholar says

LONDON, March 14 (UPI) -- The aftermath of the U.S.-led military campaign in Iraq has left Washington with diminished clout in the region, a Middle East scholar write.

U.S. audit finds 'lost potential' in Iraq

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- The Iraqi government and its people "lament the lost potential" promised by billions of dollars of U.S. financial support, an inspector general report said.

U.S.: Iraq's oil wealth good for region

BAGHDAD, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. government says it would regrettable should Turkey be excluded from the full benefits of oil reserves from neighboring Iraq, an envoy said.

Iraq warns Gazprom over Kurdish deals

BAGHDAD, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The Iraqi government said it considered unilateral deals between Russian energy company Gazprom and the Kurdish government to be illegal.

U.S. report gives mixed view on Iraqi oil

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A U.S. inspector general report takes note of progress made in Iraq in terms of internal oil disputes, but said rivalries among various factions "remain tense."
Audit gives poor marks to Iraq

Audit gives poor marks to Iraq

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- Iraqi indecisiveness and poor capacity from the U.S. government doomed a training program for Iraqi police officers, an auditor said.

Iraq reconstruction funds accounted for

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Nearly $6.6 billion in funds for Iraq reconstruction that had been missing has been accounted for in a U.S. audit, officials said.
N.Y. Federal Reserve mum on missing Iraq funds

N.Y. Federal Reserve mum on missing Iraq funds

WASHINGTON, June 22 (UPI) -- New York's Federal Reserve Bank won't tell how much it sent Iraq after the U.S. invasion, said an official investigating millions of dollars in missing funds.

Iraq report: $2.6B missing in action

BAGHDAD, July 27 (UPI) -- The inspector general for U.S. Defense Department spending in Iraq said $2.6 billion of Iraqi reconstruction funds is missing in action.

Report finds waste in Iraq reconstruction

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. efforts to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure after the 2003 invasion have been fraught with billions of dollars in waste, an official says.

Problems plague Iraq wastewater plant

FALLUJAH, Iraq, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A wastewater treatment plant meant to symbolize U.S. efforts to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure is over-budget and behind schedule, officials say.

Iraq funding lacks accountability

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- An audit by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction found billions of dollars of Iraqi reconstruction funds went unused.

Report: Iraqi military far from ready

WASHINGTON, April 25 (UPI) -- Statistics on the strength of Iraqi security forces are unreliable and the country is unprepared to handle its own security, a U.S. inspector general said.

Congress wants Iraq to repay U.S. expenses

WASHINGTON, April 24 (UPI) -- Iraqis would be forced to pay for U.S. efforts in their country directly or via loans from the United States if any of at least five similar pieces of legislation introduced on Capitol Hill this month is approved.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

U.S. top Iraq inspector faces probes

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. government has opened four probes into alleged overspending and mismanagement at the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

Audit: U.S. $1.2B is somewhere in Iraq

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A U.S. federal audit of a State Department's private security contractor in Iraq showed Tuesday $1.2 billion can't be accounted for in police training expenses.

Iraq energy needs total about $50 billion

BAGHDAD, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Analysts and officials say Iraq's oil and electricity sectors are about $50 billion short of being able to meet demands.

Iraq watchdog sees 'success and failure'

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- The special inspector general for Iraq told a congressional committee Tuesday the U.S. reconstruction effort has not failed but there are problems.

Iraq rebuilding needed coordination

WASHINGTON, March 22 (UPI) -- U.S. efforts to rebuild Iraq would have benefited from better planning and coordination between agencies, a Pentagon report released in Washington said.

U.S. official: Corruption threatens Iraq

BAGHDAD, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Oil smuggling and other corruption in Iraq cost $4 billion a year and threaten to bring down the Iraqi government, a senior U.S. official says.

U.S.: Iraq corruption financing insurgents

BAGHDAD, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- A U.S. monitor of Iraqi reconstruction says corruption in the Iraqi government is running into billions of dollars, money that is financing the insurgency.

Weapons given to Iraqis not tracked

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A report released Sunday says the U.S. military is unable to track thousands of weapons in Iraq.

Official: Halliburton abuses regulations

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction says Halliburton has been abusing a law allowing it to keep proprietary information secret.
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