What a Mess: $6.6 Billion in Cash Presumed Lost in Iraq

We told you back in March, on the eighth anniversary of America’s war in Iraq, that besides killing thousands, our engagement over there is a huge drain on financial resources ($780 billion and counting). We had no idea, however, that billions of dollars in cash is literally vanishing. According to new Defense Department audits, U.S. officials still can’t account for $6.6 billion in cash that was flown into Iraq in 2003. The money was supposed to be used to repair the battered country. Instead, it’s gone.

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