The shell of a prison that will never be used rises from the desert on the edge of this dusty town north of Baghdad, a hulking monument to the wasted promise of America's massive, $53-billion reconstruction effort in Iraq. Construction began in May 2004 at a time when U.S. money was pouring into the country. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
The shell of a prison that will never be used rises from the desert on the edge of this dusty town north of Baghdad, a hulking monument to the wasted promise of America's massive, $53-billion reconstruction effort in Iraq. Construction began in May 2004 at a time when U.S. money was pouring into the country. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/MCT) Los Angeles Times/MCT
The shell of a prison that will never be used rises from the desert on the edge of this dusty town north of Baghdad, a hulking monument to the wasted promise of America's massive, $53-billion reconstruction effort in Iraq. Construction began in May 2004 at a time when U.S. money was pouring into the country. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/MCT) Los Angeles Times/MCT

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Final report on Iraq reconstruction says fraud, waste cost U.S. $1.5 billion

July 09, 2013 7:07 PM

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