08 Feb '13, 2pm

Nearly $4billion spent on #bribes in #Afghanistan in 2012, twice its domestic revenue. New report: v @ForeignPolicy

Nearly $4billion spent on #bribes in #Afghanistan in 2012, twice its domestic revenue. New report: v @ForeignPolicy

A United Nations report released on Thursday finds that $3.9 billion was spent on bribes in Afghanistan in 2012, twice the country's domestic revenue, and 40 percent more than the amount paid in bribes in 2009 (AP , AJE , BBC ). In a survey of 7,000 Afghans, half of the respondents reported having to pay at least one bribe to a public official in 2012, and 68 percent said low wages are an acceptable reason for demanding a bribe. A NATO helicopter crashed Thursday in the eastern Afghan Province of Kapisa, but no crewmembers were seriously injured (AP ). Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed that the group's fighters shot down the helicopter, but a U.S. military official said the cause of the crash is still under investigation. British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan this week to visit U.K. troops in Helmand Province and meet w...

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