Soldiers Bring Electronic Banking to Iraq
By Army Capt. Randy J. Michael
Special to American Forces Press Service
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq, Jan. 11, 2010 – Iraq may not be ready for PayPal, but with the help of the U.S. Army, the southern Iraqi provinces of Dhi Qar, Maysan and Al Muthanna are moving closer to a cashless system in order to deal with the mounting costs of dealing with cash.
Iraqi workers finish the last steps of construction of the Al Warka Bank at Contingency Operating Base Adder’s Iraq-Based Industrial Zone near Nasiriyah, Iraq, Jan. 1, 2010. Once complete, the bank will significantly aid in the transition to electronic funds transfer payments to Iraqi businessmen who complete contract work for U.S. Forces. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Francis Horton