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USAID formally suspends contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan

The United States Agency for International Development has formally suspended the work of one of its contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan following accusations of mismanagement. A USAID statement issued Monday said the decision was the result of investigations into “serious misconduct” by Arlington, Va.-based International Relief and Development. Since it began operations in 2006, IRD -- which describes itself on its website as a nonprofit humanitarian and development organization -- has been awarded projects worth more than $1 billion in Afghanistan and $85.57 million in Iraq. The ban, effective immediately, comes after a USAID review “revealed serious misconduct in...