Army Contracts with Companies Tied to al Qaeda, Taliban Not Suspended

SIGAR calls on Army to immediately cut ties to groups
Afghan National Army / AP

The U.S. Army continues to reject recommendations from a U.S. oversight official that it suspend government contracts with 43 individuals and companies believed to be “supporters of the Taliban, the Haqqani network, and al Qaeda,” according to a newly issued oversight report.

U.S.-Backed Rail Line Would Boost Afghanistan’s Trade With Iran

New rail line would carry mainly minerals, could bring Afghanistan billions in revenue
Afghanistan Railroad / AP

A plan to build a rail line in Afghanistan developed by U.S. personnel has Iran as its “preferred destination for mineral exports,” according to a top U.S. government oversight official.

Report: Health Alert Issued in Afghanistan Over Waste Disposal

SIGAR suggests usage of $11.5M incinerators instead of open air pits
SIGAR

U.S. military and civilian personnel in Afghanistan have been issued a health alert after an investigation found that the daily disposal of solid waste in an “open air burn pit” at the Camp Leatherneck Marine Corps base is filling the compound with toxic fumes.

US to Spend $771M on Planes Afghans Can’t Use

SIGAR recommends suspending activity on contracts
An Mi-17 helicopter used by the Afghan Air Force / AP

The U.S. government is about to spend more than $771 million on military aircraft that the Afghan people “lack the capacity to operate,” according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).

Afghan Reconstruction Watchdog Criticizes USAID

Org cites $70M in waste
AP

The U.S. government’s top oversight official in Afghanistan slammed America’s top taxpayer-funded aid group on Thursday for what it alleged is widespread cronyism and corruption that led to the waste of $70 million in Afghan reconstruction funds.

Afghan Threat

Contractors threaten to ‘blow up’ compound over unpaid fees
Afghanistan construction / AP

Afghan contractors working on U.S.-funded reconstruction projects in the war-torn country have threatened to “blow up a compound of U.S. contractors and government agencies” over their failure to pay some $69 million in fees, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).

A Billion Bucks in Bullets

U.S. government has given Afghan National Army more than $1 billion in ammo
Afghan National Army / AP

The U.S. government has given the embattled Afghan National Army (ANA) more than $1 billion in taxpayer-funded ammunition, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction’s (SIGAR) latest oversight report.

Waste, Fraud, and Abuse

SIGAR official: Afghanistan may not be ready to defend itself upon departure of U.S. troops
Afghan National Police / AP

Afghan security forces remain unprepared to defend Afghanistan despite U.S. expenditures of more than $54 billion on training and equipment, the Obama administration’s top oversight official in Afghanistan warned on Wednesday afternoon.

Taxpayer Funding of Terrorists

Audit: U.S. funds may have paid for contracts with terrorists in Afghanistan
AP

The U.S. government may have awarded taxpayer-funded contracts to terrorists and those who support the insurgency in Afghanistan, according to an audit issued Thursday by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).

Footing the Bill for Fraud

Reconstruction funds wasted, stolen in war-torn nation
Afghan National Army / AP

The Afghan government will need $70 billion in aid over the next decade in order to sustain its security forces and ensure that the war-torn nation does not backslide into terrorism, according to new estimates by the World Bank.