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Iraqi Corruption A “Second Insurgency” – American Official Tells BBC

Graft and corruption among those charged with building Iraqi infrastructure are so widespread that they amount to "a second insurgency." This was the assessment of Stuart Bowen, the chief auditor assigned by the U.S. Congress, in an interview with the BBC. Bowen, whose title is "U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction," said his agency was presently investigating at least 50 cases of fraud. He told the BBC that the Iraqi government was "failing to take responsibility for projects worth billions of dollars." A new report released by the British charity Oxfam says a third of the Iraqi people are in critical need of emergency aid.