I've spent a minute or two in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2008, I was in Mosul, Iraq. A contractor, who incidentally was from nearby here in the Indy area, was on the base to do a site survey to build an Iraqi Army compound just outside the wire of FOB Marez, just south of Mosul, west of the airport (aka LSA Diamondback). He's where I got the $250,000 figure. Said he figures in that much to cover security arrangements with the local village/neighborhood chief(s).