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Billions Over Baghdad: How Did $9B in Cash Airlifted From the Fed to Iraq Go Missing?

Billions Over Baghdad: How Did $9B in Cash Airlifted From the Fed to Iraq Go Missing?

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/09/12/1410243

One month after the invasion of Iraq, the United States began airlifting planeloads of cash to Baghdad. Between April 2003 and June 2004, a total of $12 billion dollars of US currency was shipped to Iraq where it was to be dispensed by the Coalition Provisional Authority for reconstruction. To date, at least $9 billion dollars cannot be accounted for. In a startling new expose in Vanity Fair, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalists Donald Barlett and James Steele follow the money trail from the Federal Reserve to Iraq.

 


One month after the invasion of Iraq, the United States began airlifting planeloads of cash to Baghdad...literally. Stacks of $100 dollar bills were packed into bricks, assembled into large palettes and loaded onto cargo planes bound for the Iraqi capital. Beginning in April 2003 and continuing for little more than a year, a total of $12 billion dollars of US currency was shipped from the Federal Reserve to Iraq. The US military delivered the banknotes to the Coalition Provisional Authority where it was to be dispensed for Iraqi reconstruction. What happened to it? To date, at least $9 billion dollars cannot be accounted for.

In a startling new expose, Vanity Fair contributing editors Donald Barlett and James Steele follow the money trail from the Fed to Iraq. Barlett and Steele are two of the nation's top investigative journalists. Together they have won two Pulitzer Prizes and two national magazine awards.

 

  • James Steele, investigative journalist and Vanity Fair contributing editor.
  • Donald Barlett, investigative journalist and Vanity Fair contributing editor.

 

 

www.democracynow.org
 
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