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The Pentagon has paid $42.4 million to Iraqis who lost innocent family members or property to U.S. or allied military action since the beginning of 2005, but says it keeps no comprehensive records of how the money was spent.
The so-called “condolence” payments are capped at $2,500 for a loss of life and $1,500 for a loss of property. Based on those figures, the payments could account for as many as 16,960 deaths, or 42,400 homes destroyed, but the Pentagon says it would take “months” to break down the payments into such categories.
TWT Gallery + Audio: Correspondent Sharon Behn discusses covering the war and the payments to Iraqis