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GAO Report: Iraqis worse off than before war

by Chris Shumway

July 1, 2004 – In several key areas such as electricity output, overall security and the health of the judicial system, a report by the United States General Accounting Office says the US-led occupation has left Iraqis worse off than they were before the US invasion last year. Among the report's findings: the number of significant attacks by resistance groups skyrocketed from 411 in February to 1,169 in May; the new Iraqi civil defense, police and other security units are suffering from mass desertions, are poorly trained and ill-equipped; Iraq's court system is more clogged than before the war, and judges are frequent targets of assassination attempts; and in 13 of Iraq's 18 provinces, electricity was available fewer hours per day on average last month than it was before the war.

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The GAO, which serves as the investigative arm of Congress, also reports that only $13.7 billion of the $58 billion pledged and allocated worldwide to rebuild Iraq has been spent, most of it going to run Iraq's government ministries.

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