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Feds Honing in On U.S. Military in Graft Probe Involving Rebuilding of Iraq

It will take a long long time to sort through all the American corruption in Iraq, which has unfortunately involved high-ranking U.S.  officials in Iraq.

By JAMES GLANZ, C.J. CHIVERS and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
New York Times

Federal authorities examining the early, chaotic days of the $125 billion American-led effort to rebuild Iraq have significantly broadened their inquiry to include senior American military officers who oversaw the program, according to interviews with senior government officials and court documents.
Court records show that last month investigators subpoenaed the personal bank records of Col. Anthony B. Bell, who is now retired from the Army but who was in charge of reconstruction contracting in Iraq in 2003 and 2004 when the small operation grew into a frenzied attempt to remake the country’s broken infrastructure. In addition, investigators are examining the activities of Lt. Col. Ronald W. Hirtle of the Air Force, who was a senior contracting officer in Baghdad in 2004, according to two federal officials involved in the inquiry.
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