U.S. indirectly funneled money to the Taliban through $2 billion contract

By Published: July 25, 2011

The U.S. indirectly funneled money to the Taliban under a $2.16 billion transportation contract, The Washington Post has reported.

Citing an unreleased year-long military investigation, the newspaper said U.S. and Afghan officials have been slow and ineffective in addressing the corruption.

The investigation showed a money trail linking trucking contractors and subcontractors to Afghan officials, who were paid to ensure safe passage for convoys carrying U.S. military supplies, the Post reported. The eight main contracted trucking firms remain on the U.S. payroll, the paper noted.

Corruption in Afghanistan has been highlighted by the military, Congress and other federal agencies in similar investigations and blamed for hampering U.S. war efforts in the country.

A report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction released earlier this month attributed some corruption to a dysfunctional tracking system – run by both countries – for the billions in U.S. taxpayer money going to the country.

Read more on the latest corruption in Afghanistan in The Washington Post.