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Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Were Schools A U.S. Win In Afghanistan? Maybe Not So Much.

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With Afghanistan's situation already looking more precarious than ever because of a re-energized Taliban insurgency and potential Islami...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

New Details On Wasteful $36 Million Army Facility In Afghanistan Could Threaten Joint Chiefs Nomination

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A congressional watchdog on Wednesday provided new details on a $36 million facility in Afghanistan that was regarded as unnecessary by ...

Ali Watkins

The Biggest Check On U.S. Investment In Afghanistan Just Got Classified

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The new NATO mission in Afghanistan has classified its assessments of how more than $60 billion in U.S. aid is being used to bolster the...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

U.S. Will Continue To Protect Women's Rights In Afghanistan, Senator Vows

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the majority of international troops set to leave Afghanistan this year and anxiety about that country's future growing within the ...

Ali Watkins

Why The U.S. Can't Be Done With Afghanistan Yet

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the United States accelerating its withdrawal from Afghanistan after helping to establish a new unity government there, a congressi...

Afghan Poppy Crop Reaches Record High Despite Billions In U.S. Spending

Matt Sledge | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics

Afghanistan just produced a record poppy crop despite massive $7.6 billion in U.S. counternarcotics spending since the war there began, a new report f...

Joshua Hersh

Afghanistan Special Investigator Drops Hammer On State Department Waste

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 04.25.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- The special investigator tasked with assessing America's deployment of resources in Afghanistan over the past decade launched a trio of da...

Eugene Mulero

Watchdog: 'We Don't Even Know What We Spend' On Afghanistan Reconstruction

HuffingtonPost.com | Eugene Mulero | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top watchdog in Afghanistan said Thursday that the U.S. is potentially paying the salaries of nonexistent Afghan police officers, du...

Matt Sledge

As Afghanistan Drawdown Looms, Inspector General Warns Of Graft

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics

America's watchdog for Afghanistan is watching the country slip away. "Every time I visit, I am told by people that we are succeeding," says John S...

Amanda Terkel

Top Army Watchdog Signed Off On Unwanted $36 Million Complex In Afghanistan

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Currently sitting in southwestern Afghanistan is a 64,000-square-foot military complex that commanders say they never wanted and haven't...

Amanda Terkel

$200,000 Wasted On Afghanistan Medical Clinic That Was Poorly Built, Never Used

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government has wasted almost $200,000 on a medical clinic in Afghanistan that was built improperly and sits unused nearly two y...

New Report Reveals Alarming Fraud By Private Contractors In Afghanistan

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 07.23.2013 | World

Thousands of simple systems that were commissioned to ward off IED attacks on troops and civilians in Afghanistan have not been installed or were put ...

How Many Afghan Hearts and Minds Do You Win When a School Collapses?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

One (of thousands) example of how we lost the war for the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people was our shoddy management of the things we built. We're repeating those same mistakes in Afghanistan, this time with potentially fatal results.

Should SIGAR Have Suspension and Debarment Power?

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

As we pointed out last year, the appointment of John F. Sopkoto head the watchdog agency seems to have infused SIGAR with renewed vigor, as evidenced by an increase in inspections and audits. But SIGAR wants to do more.

U.S. Exit Strategy Falters in northern Afghanistan

David Wood | Posted 03.31.2013 | World
David Wood

The U.S. exit strategy for Afghanistan is taking a beating in the northern city of Kunduz, a bustling, cosmopolitan, university town where women often...

Amanda Terkel

U.S. Troops In Afghanistan At Greater Risk Of IED Attacks Due To Contractor Fraud

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. troops in Afghanistan are facing a greater threat from roadside bombs due to shoddy and incomplete work on a major highway by contr...

Joshua Hersh

Afghanistan: The Long and Winding Roads

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 12.12.2012 | World

(BANARAS KHAN/AFP/Getty Images) In late 2008, Andrew Wilder set out on a hunt for answers in Afghanistan. For years, Wilder, a former development...

Joshua Hersh

Afghanistan War Waste: Lawmakers Gear Up For Fight Over Development Aid

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 08.03.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- Top Democratic lawmakers are gearing up for a fight to drastically scale back America's foreign aid to Afghanistan when Congress returns...

Dan Froomkin

Afghan Reconstruction Efforts Mired In Corruption

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 04.30.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- Afghan reconstruction efforts remain severely hampered even after nearly $100 billion in spending over the last 10 years, according to ...

But That Is Another Story

David Isenberg | Posted 05.30.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

Perhaps the private military and security industry is right; maybe using contractors IS more cost-effective than using regular military folks. But is that really the case?

Amanda Terkel

The Cost Of Deploying One Civilian To Afghanistan

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. taxpayers have spent nearly $2 billion since 2009 on deploying civilians to Afghanistan, according to a new report by the Special I...

Amanda Terkel

Key Afghanistan Reconstruction Watchdog Spot Still Vacant

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the Obama administration begins to draw down U.S. troops from Afghanistan and the war effort undergoes significant transition, the of...

CWC on PMC in Afghanistan

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This past Monday the always useful Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan held a hearing. The topic was "Recurring problems in Afghan construction."

Amanda Terkel

Watchdog: U.S. Risks Wasting Billions In Afghan Security Aid Given 'Inadequate Planning'

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The United States is at risk of wasting roughly $11.4 billion unless it comes up with a plan for constructing and maintaining nearly 900...

Amanda Terkel

Embattled Afghan Watchdog Resigns As Calls For Oversight Grow

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Arnold Fields, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, stepped down Monday amid widespread congressional dissatisf...