Seventy-five percent of projects surveyed in the latest report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction were no longer functioning properly. Investigators said facilities began breaking down after only six months and that roughly $5 billion is lost every year to fraud.


Six out of eight Iraqi reconstruction projects hailed as successes by the U.S. government are in fact failures, a U.S. federal investigation has found.

The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction examined works including a hospital, a barracks and Baghdad international airport.

Blaming ongoing unrest and spiralling corruption, they said most were falling apart within as little as six months.

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