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US wasted billions in rebuilding Iraq

KHAN BANI SAAD, Iraq (AP) - According to audits from a U.S. watchdog agency, more than $5 billion has been wasted on abandoned or incomplete projects in Iraq.

That includes a $100 million wastewater treatment system in Fallujah that cost three times more than projected, yet sewage still runs through the streets.

The U.S. spent more than $53 billion on reconstruction in Iraq since 2003 and there are many success stories. Hundreds of police stations, border forts and government buildings have been built. A deepwater port at the southern oil hub of Umm Qasr (oom KAH'-sur) has been restored.

But according to an Associated Press review of hundreds of audits and investigations and visits to several sites, most completed projects fell short of their goals.

According to the new head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, more than 4,800 projects have been completed.

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