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US: CACI Plans to Drop Interrogation Work
by Ellen McCarthyThe Washington Post
CACI International Inc., the Arlington-based defense contractor that attracted controversy when an employee was accused of participating in the Abu Ghraib prison abuses, is getting out of the interrogation business.

US: All Eyes on Halliburton As contacts Turn into Contracts
The Observer
Concerns in the US are mounting that Katrina could prompt a round of 'pork barrel' contracts.

IRAQ: Turn the Lights On
by Joe CochraneNewsweek International
Americans were as wrong about the health of Iraq's infrastructure as they were about their welcome as liberators and the insurgents know that depriving Iraq of power is at least as effective as killing soldiers and policemen.

IRAQ: The Trillion Dollar War Chart

US: Want Big Bucks For Big Risks? Jobs Open In Iraq, Afghanistan
Plumbers, electricians, truck drivers, food-service workers, logistics specialists and other professionals work 12-hour days providing support services to American troops. It's hard, dangerous work. But the pay is high. A year on the job can change the average person's financial life.

IRAQ: Security Fears and Costs are Road Block to Rebuilding
by Rick EmertStars and Stripes
Of the $18 billion budgeted for the Iraq Reconstruction Program, $7 billion is spent on securing the workers and the construction sites that are contracted and overseen by the Corps of Engineers Gulf Region District and the Project and Contracting Office.

IRAQ: Friendly-fire victim Fights for Compensation with Claims that Titan Abandoned Him
by David Washburn and Bruce V. BigelowThe San Diego Union-Tribune
Mazin al Nashi's worries escalated when he learned that the fledgling Iraqi insurgency had put a $250,000 bounty on the heads of interpreters. He had never received any body armor from Titan.



IRAQ: Filipino Workers Urged to Leave Iraq
Associated Press
Government officials on Sunday urged about 6,000 Filipino workers to immediately leave Iraq after a foiled kidnapping injured two Filipinos, stressing that the situation there remains very dangerous for foreign workers.

U.S.: Cubic Receives Contract to Compete for U.S. Army Force Management Services
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U.S.: Cubic Receives Contract to Compete for U.S. Army Force Management Services
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IRAQ: Dirty Warriors
by Barry Yeoman Mother Jones
How South African hit men, Serbian paramilitaries, and other human rights violators became guns for hire for military contractors in Iraq

U.S.: Titan Revenue Up 12 Percent, Profit Flat
by Bruce V. BigelowSan Diego Union-Tribune
Titan's wartime translator business helped drive a 12 percent increase in third-quarter revenue, but legal costs hurt.

IRAQ: $80K a Year? Many Say No Thanks
http://newsobserver.com/business/story/1758902p-8038598c.html
Scores of contractors that flocked to Iraq from around the world have also pulled out in recent months because of the escalating violence.

United Nations to use Iraq Oil-for-Food Program funds for investigation
Wall Street Journal

Jordan: World Bank Trains Iraqi Civil Servants Ahead of Development Schemes
Agence France-Presse
Seventy-five Iraqi civil servants completed here a training course organised by the World Bank ahead of implementing emergency development schemes in the war-battered country, a bank official said Monday.

Iraq: Trade Bank of Iraq Gets $2.4 bln Export Guarantees
by Haitham HaddadinReuters
The U.S.-established Trade Bank of Iraq on Saturday said it has secured a total of $2.4 billion in export guarantees for firms seeking postwar rebuilding deals. Bank President Hussein al-Uzri told a news conference in Kuwait City it was also close to signing a new deal for hundreds of millions of dollars more with a Pan-Arab organisation.

Iraq: Questions Raised About Creative Associates Contract
by Jackie SpinnerWashington Post
The Washington firm awarded a government contract worth up to $157 million to rebuild Iraq's educational system may have helped shape the proposal it was then asked to bid on, according to a critical internal government review. The inspector general's office at the U.S. Agency for International Development said Creative Associates International Inc. participated in a roundtable discussion with agency officials about Iraq's education system last November, four months before USAID invited it and four other companies to bid on the work. Creative Associates was the only firm to bid, and it listed three of the four competitors as possible subcontractors.

US: Iraq healthcare system faces $1.6 billion financing gap
by Sunita KaulThe Daily Star
After 13 years of economic sanctions, the healthcare system in Iraq is in disrepair. A further blow was dealt to it by the damage caused by the looting of hospitals and clinics since the war began and the ongoing disruptions in the delivery of supplies and equipment.

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