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US Treasury has already given back to the Iraqi people, half of the $1,700,000,000 that had been confiscated from Iraq's previous dictators.
The U.S. confiscated the money in March from accounts that had been frozen. The accounts had belonged to Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime, and the U.S. pledged to use the funds to help with reconstruction.
"A mechanism for emergency payments was quickly established on the ground so that payments could begin for dock workers, power-plant workers and others," said Randal Quarles, Treasury's assistant secretary for international affairs, in prepared text for a speech to the Cato Institute.
"Despite tremendous logistical challenges, the system of payments has been a success, placing money in the hands of consumers and helping to spur commerce," Quarles said.
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