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Aug 29th, 2010

Summary: As the U.S. draws down in Iraq, it is leaving behind hundreds of abandoned or incomplete projects. More than $5 billion in American taxpayer funds has been wasted — more than 10 percent of the some $50 billion the U.S. has spent on reconstruction in Iraq, according to audits by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on August 29, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that Kandahar, Afghanistan showed signs of slipping back under Taliban control as August 2009 became the deadliest month of the eight-year war for U.S. troops in Afghanistan — a setback for President Barack Obama’s war strategy.

Jul 28th, 2008

Summary: On the 14th day of his campaign against U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann for the Republican nomination as House of Representatives candidate in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, Aubrey Immelman said that voters should see the Iraq war not only as a national security issue, but as a pocketbook issue, in that the war and occupation contributed to driving up the price of oil by weakening the U.S. dollar. In that context, he also pointed to a Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction report detailing billions of dollars lost on construction projects in Iraq.