At Least $800 Million

— How much of the $1 billion a week being shipped out of Iraq that is "laundered" -- being transferred out of the country illegally, under false pretenses, according to a recent audit of the Central Bank of Iraq. A top bank official tells the Pentagon that there is "a triangle of sectarianism, corruption, and violence, in which each element feeds of the others in a dynamic that threatens the well-being of the state."
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It's similar or worse in Afghanistan, where there is not only all the US financial aid but also the US-created drug industry. While Afghanistan produced only 185 tons of opium per year under the Taliban, according to the UN statistics, since the US-led invasion, drug production has surged to 3,400 tons annually.


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