Iraq The Halliburton Connection: The Master Builder

Halliburton knows the business of war. But can it pull off the Iraqi job when it's under fire in Iraq and at home?

Abdul Halim crossed his arms and listened skeptically to a few more American promises. The construction executive was sitting in a harshly lit room in the Baghdad Convention Center last Wednesday with a few dozen other unhappy Iraqi business-people. The 41 men and two women, representing telecom, engineering and construction firms from all over the city, had come to find out why the fruits of Iraq's reconstruction have so far eluded them. Two months ago, Halim says, he approached Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR), a unit of the Houston company Halliburton, hoping that his construction and engineering firm, Gulf Bank, could...

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