Like a replay of the Great Depression, a bank in Iraq went under in 2010, nearly taking millions of American dollars with it.
According to a report from the Washington Times, Iraq’s Al-Warka Bank was already having stability problems when the U.S. began to close all its accounts as part of the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
The Pentagon’s internal inspector general has said that since the bank was placed in receivership in November 2010, the US Army has been unable to readily withdraw cash.
The estimated loss of $5.4 million is only now coming to light because the disbursing officer in charge of the funds never reported the loss, the Inspetor General said, “because she believed she would recover these funds in the future.”
About $1.1 million has been repaid so far by the bank, inspectors said, but not getting the proper Defense Department debt payment experts involved immediately puts the rest of the cash — $5.4 million — at risk.
(Source: Washington Times)