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So your tax dollars going down the drain in Iraq -- the State Department -- a huge project to train the Iraqi police after US troops left the country that was last December.
But an audit finds that US diplomat squandered big bucks on the program.
Steve Centanni is live and -- 10 good morning Steve good morning -- so how exactly did this happen.
Well part of the US commitment to Iraq after pulling combat troops out last year was to continue training Iraqi police but there was one big problem.
The Iraqis never really wanted that program.
And left the US State Department on the hook for millions of taxpayer dollars.
All this is spelled out in a new report by this special inspector general for Iraqi reconstruction.
It says in part.
The a while obtaining commitment to the -- police development program is clearly have been difficult.
The decision to embark on a major program absent Iraqi buy again.
Has been costly.
Well just how costly.
That's -- also outlined in this report that says US funded 108 million dollar Baghdad police college is now being turned over to the Iraqis.
US is also giving up -- 98 million dollar training site hints that southern city of Basra -- Which according to the report adds up to a 206 million dollars that report was released today -- Fifteen where does this leave the US efforts to help Iraq.
Well it's unclear since Iraq didn't support this program what might be done in the future the US has spent eight billion dollars training Iraqi police.
Since the 2003 invasion but the report says this latest effort showed quote mixed results.
The training supposed to be the centerpiece of the US effort to continue helping Iraq and it was the largest State Department expenditure anywhere in the world.
Despite all the training.
Iraqi police remain vulnerable six were killed just yesterday nine more wounded.
In bombings and shootings in the former al-Qaeda stronghold of Fallujah -- Right thank you Steve not the outcome we're looking for when you spend that amount of money they.
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