The rollout of wireless services in Iraq has spawned more controversy, with the Pentagon reportedly launching an investigation into the awarding of licenses to operate services in the country.
According to a Reuters report, the Pentagon has decided to launch a full investigation into the awarding of wireless contracts last October, after a preliminary inquiry into allegations of corruption surrounding the process. A Pentagon spokesman did not return calls for comment yesterday.
According to the Pentagon Website, the Inspector General is the principal adviser to the Secretary of Defense for matters relating to the prevention of fraud, waste, and abuse in the programs and operations of the [US Defense} Department.
The Coalition Provisional Authority, the US-backed agency currently governing Iraq, awarded three licenses to provide wireless services in the country in Iraq. However, the original tender process was itself subject to confusion after services based in neighboring countries apparently started beaming into Iraq ahead of the awarding of the contracts.
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