26 Mar '18, 7pm

IG: Pentagon cannot properly account for $3.1 billion provided to Afghan security forces

WASHINGTON – U.S. military officials failed to properly track some 95,000 vehicles provided to Afghan forces or ensure millions of dollars of gasoline and other commodities were used for their intended purposes, according to a Pentagon watchdog. In all, the Combined Security Transition Command–Afghanistan, or CSTC-A, cannot definitively account for $3.1 billion of U.S. taxpayer money that it provided the Afghan government from 2014 to 2017 to aid the Afghan army and national police, the Defense Department’s Inspector General found, according a report released last week. The lack of accountability leaves the funds vulnerable to “fraud, waste and abuse,” the IG reported. “CSTC-A officials did not effectively manage and oversee the U.S. direct funding provided to the Ministries of Defense and Interior, which oversee Afghanistan’s Army and National Police, respectively,” the r...

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