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"And what it took to get to this level of success is equally well-documented. The myth of David Petraeus' so-called surge aside, the key to tamping down the violence to what the US considered an acceptable level was handing over large quantities of cash to the insurgents who had been killing Americans for the previous several years. About $360m was paid out in one year alone, transforming yesterday's terrorists into "true Iraqi patriots", as one American general put it."
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