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Since 2004, Congress has set aside $3.8 billion for the Commander's Emergency Response Program in Iraq, an initiative that enables commanders to fund immediate reconstruction and relief projects as part of their war effort.


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Barren Iraqi park attests to U.S. program's flaws
Article | BAGHDAD - In the spring of 2008, Gen. David H. Petraeus decided he had spent enough time gazing from his helicopter at an empty and desolate lake on the banks of the Tigris River. He ordered the lake refilled and turned into a water park for all of Baghdad to enjoy.
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Demise of Iraqi water park illustrates limitations, abuse of U.S. funding program
Article | BAGHDAD - In the spring of 2008, Gen. David H. Petraeus decided he had spent enough time gazing from his helicopter at an empty and desolate lake on the banks of the Tigris River. He ordered the lake refilled and turned into a water park for all of Baghdad to enjoy.

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