11/18/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Afghanistan: Aid Agencies Say Pentagon Efforts To Enlist Their Help Place Them In Peril

GENEVA, Switzerland International aid and humanitarian organizations are increasingly under the threat of attack in Afghanistan and are struggling to find ways to operate safely in areas where the U.S. and the Taliban are at war.

Amid concerns for security, the United States Agency for International Development has opened an investigation into claims highlighted in a GlobalPost special report that some international contractors may be involved in payments through local Afghan subcontractors that end up in the hands of the Taliban in exchange for protection in Taliban-controlled areas.

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