$360M Lost To Insurgents, Criminals In Afghanistan

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. military estimates that $360 million spent on combat support and reconstruction contracts in Afghanistan has ended up in the hands of people the American-led coalition has battled for nearly a decade: the Taliban, criminals and local power brokers with ties to both.

The losses, measured over the past year by a special task force, underscore the challenges the U.S. and its international partners face in overcoming corruption in Afghanistan. A central plank of the U.S. strategy has been to award U.S.-financed contracts to Afghan businesses to stoke the country's economy.

But until the task force began its investigation, there was little visibility into the connections these companies and their vast network of subcontractors had with insurgents and criminals.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 23, 2011 at 08:19 AM
    @ guy who said America is an illusion. Your life is an illusion
  • by Judie Location: Colorado Springs on Aug 18, 2011 at 03:05 PM
    Well, isn't that just dandy!! Wonder why 'they' can't keep track of the money? Don't think much will change. $360 million would have helped a hell of bunch of AMERICANS!
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      by Anonymous on Aug 18, 2011 at 09:53 PM in reply to Judie
      America is an illusion. get used to it
  • by 1984 on Aug 16, 2011 at 08:21 PM
    Oh, the flash mobs are coming alright. Can't have people rise up against the government. Time to board the Obama police state Bus. It matches the color of the body armor you'll be seeing everywhere soon.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 16, 2011 at 06:24 PM
    We might need some of it here to fend off these 'flash mobs,' which seem to be the newest fad in, shall we say, some areas of towns in the country.
  • by jay on Aug 16, 2011 at 05:29 PM
    Lol @ Pete. I can say from experience that I have seen civil affairs teams hand 10's of thousands of dollars to sheiks w/o so much as even having an interpreter present. That's where it went..
  • by @Nance on Aug 16, 2011 at 04:42 PM
    9/11 anniversary is coming, too. Not a dry eye in the house. Don't question anything. We have been told the truth now keep quiet.
  • by pete Location: cosprings on Aug 16, 2011 at 04:01 PM
    It's the Afghani's Stimulus Package.
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      by @Nance on Aug 16, 2011 at 04:43 PM in reply to pete
      We need to keep our heroes there for another 10 years to train them how to spend it.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 16, 2011 at 02:19 PM
    Guess we forgot about th 2.3 trillion missing from the Pentagon in 2001.
  • by Faux Left Location: Colorado Springs on Aug 16, 2011 at 02:13 PM
    $360M Lost To Insurgents, Criminals In Afghanistan, and $14 Trillion Lost to politicians in Washington D.C.!!
  • by Nance Location: cos on Aug 16, 2011 at 12:57 PM
    AJ..lmao!!!snowbelly:do you wanna go out sometimes?jk...good to see I'm not the only one sick of war and being told that I live in a town full of "heroes"...
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