30 Jan '13, 6pm

How many Afghan soldiers and cops has $55 Billion bought us? We don't know, SIGAR says:

If the $10 billion in fiscal 2013 funds earmarked for reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan is ever unlocked from congressional budget battles, the total bill for American reconstruction efforts in that country will hit $98 billion, according to a new government watchdog report released Jan. 30. Roughly $55 billion of that total will have gone toward recruiting, training, equipping and fielding the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) alone, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said in its latest quarterly report to Congress. According to U.S. Department of Defense statistics, the ANSF is officially listed as 352,000-personnel strong, with 195,000 soldiers and 157,000 police officers in the field. The SIGAR report, however, calls those numbers into question. The congressionally mandated watchdog found that the Combined Security Transition ...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130130/DEFREG04/3013...

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