With The Troops: Enter The Cleanup Crew

The second wave of U.S. troops would search for Iraqi weapons and try to befriend the locals

If Major Eric Murray of the 3rd Infantry Division crosses the border into Iraq, along with his M-16 rifle and 9-mm Beretta pistol he will be carrying another weapon of war: a briefcase full of cash. Just hours after the 3rd's M1A1 tanks blow through towns and villages on their way to Baghdad, Murray and his Civil Affairs Direct Support Teams will be looking to quickly spend tens of thousands of dollars to start rebuilding blown-up wells, bombed bridges and downed electricity grids. The idea, says Murray, is that instead of waiting for assistance from nongovernmental organizations, "we immediately contract the...

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