Billions of dollars later, Iraq's infrastructure is still a mess

10/21/2010 | Reuters

Despite U.S. aid totaling $54 billion since 2003, Iraq's infrastructure is still unreliable and often barely functioning. Some 83% of the nation's sewage spills untreated into waterways, electricity is hard to come by, and burst water mains have left some residents with flooded basements. "When a country gets high oil revenues, infrastructure has to be a priority, but ... this is not happening," says one Baghdad shop owner.

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