The U.S. Army is refusing to “suspend or debar” supporters of the Afghan insurgency from receiving lucrative government contracts, a practice that is illegal and dangerous to U.S. national security interests, according to a government watchdog group.
Sixteen military transport planes bought by the United States government for the Afghan Air Force (AAF) at a cost of nearly $500 million were recently destroyed by the Afghan military and sold for scrap parts at around 6 cents per pound, prompting a government inquiry to determine why millions of taxpayer dollars were wasted on the ill-fated program.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 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).
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.
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.