US report: Iraq's security at risk without aid

January 30, 2011 15:27


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BAGHDAD  — A new US report warned that without more help, Iraqi security forces may not be able to protect the fragile nation from insurgents after American troops leave.

Sunday's report by the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction also cited data by the US Embassy in Baghdad that showed the nation's government, economy, legal systems and basic services like electricity and water remain unstable.

Under a security agreement between Washington and Baghdad, US troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year.

The report said corruption in Iraq's military and army and police forces has led to wasted resources and bad planning.

Congress is deciding how much money to give Iraqi forces this year.

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