The U.S. Defense Department lacks the resources and rigorous procedures it needs to properly keep tabs on the billions of dollars in direct aid it gives to Afghan security forces through the Kabul government, according to a report issued today by the U.S. government’s Afghanistan watchdog office.
A contractor accused of helping insurgents make improvised explosive devices for use against NATO forces was allowed to work on a facility run by the coalition last year, said a top government watchdog in Afghanistan.
Despite hundreds of millions of dollars in American support for Afghan police facilities, officers at a district headquarters in Kunduz province have been left to live in squalor, a report from the U.S. government’s watchdog said.
In its latest report, the U.S. government’s Afghanistan watchdog said Wednesday that the U.S. Agency for International Development paid outrageous fees, including $500 per gallon for diesel fuel, on a hospital project that’s two years behind schedule.
Syria has largely split along sectarian lines, with the majority Sunni fighting Assad’s forces. According to a Jane’s Defence report released on Sept. 16, about half of the rebels are aligned with recognized terrorist groups like al-Qaida or other hardline Islamist organizations that have become the dominant opposition force on the battlefields in recent months.
The NATO military coalition was unable to account for about $230 million worth of spare parts for Afghan National Army vehicles in 2012 and ordered $138 million worth of parts it may not have needed, according to a new report from the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction.
Between constant bombardments, heated battles over small towns, arrests, chemical weapons attacks and accusations of kidnappings and human rights violations on both sides, those who end up in bleak refugee camps say they had to leave or die.
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