Ramadi, a corner of the Sunni Triangle in Anbar province, was one of the most violent cities in Iraq for much of the war. Spending by commanders was limited because of the fighting. CERP spending accelerated as the region began to stabilize in 2007. At first, money went for day labor and trash pickup. It later funded larger reconstruction projects, such as a ceramics plant and a train station.
Money as a Weapon Article | In the five-year struggle to finish the war in Iraq, military leaders and their troops have said a particular weapon is among the most effective in their arsenal: