BY Mark Snowiss – From its sprawling, $750 million embassy in Baghdad – the largest, most expensive American diplomatic mission in the world – Washington had hoped for a cozy relationship with the Iraqi government, forged after a U.S.-led military coalition ousted former president Saddam Hussein.
- Jul. 23: Bombing and shootings in Baghdad and across the country kill 115 people
- Jul. 3: Bombing across Iraq kills 40 people
- Jun. 13: Bombings across Iraq targeting Shi’ite Muslim pilgrims kill at least 72 people
- Jun. 4: Car bomb in Baghdad kills 23
- Apr. 19: A mix of car and roadside bombs kills 35 across Iraq
- Mar. 20: At least 12 near-simultaneous explosions erupt across Iraq, killing 46, wounding more than 200
- Feb. 23: Attacks in Baghdad and 11 other cities kill 55 people
- Jan. 27: Car bomb near a funeral procession in Baghdad kills 31 people
U.S lawmakers say they are cautiously examining future investments in Iraq.
U.S. Rep. John F. Tierney, ranking U.S. House minority member of a Congressional subcommittee on foreign operations, said in June that he has “long expressed concern about the U.S. government’s significant footprint in Iraq.” He added that “the transition in Iraq and the taxpayer dollars that are being spent in that country” will be closely monitored.
“While I am not denying the huge role the U.S. played in toppling the [former] regime, the U.S. is not doing anything right now for the sake of Iraqi citizens. Americans are not trying to help Iraq improve its economic situation,” Ahmed said.