By Sharon Behn
The Washington Times
August 10, 2007
BAGHDAD — Residents and U.S. commanders agree that the streets of the al Doura neighborhood in southern Baghdad are safer than at any time in months, but the progress has come at a price.
As lucrative contracts are issued for Iraqi residents to begin repairing the neighborhood’s dilapidated infrastructure, the Americans cannot be sure that some of the money isn’t going straight to the enemy.
“It”s a choice between not trusting anybody and progress being unacceptably slow,” said Lt. Col. Barry Huggins, battalion commander for the 2-3/3-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team whose job it is to turn around the troubled Sunni neighborhood.