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US wasted billions in Iraq work, auditors say

Actual amount can’t be known, report concludes

WASHINGTON — After years of following the paper trail of $51 billion in US taxpayer dollars provided to rebuild Iraq, the US government can say with certainty that too much was wasted. But it can’t say how much.

In what it called its final audit report on Friday, the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Funds listed a range of accounting weaknesses that put ‘‘billions of American taxpayer dollars at risk of waste and misappropriation’’ in the largest reconstruction project of its kind in US history. ‘‘The precise amount lost to fraud and waste can never be known,’’ the report said.

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