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Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

Why Don't the Candidates Talk About Afghanistan?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 04.12.2016 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Heading into its sixteenth year, with no endpoint in sight, America's longest war is its least talked about. Afghanistan has not come up in any Repu...

U.S. Money Will Keep Flowing To Afghanistan As Oversight Plummets

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. will continue to plough money into reconstruction projects in Afghanistan this year and beyond, as observers of the American pr...

The Pentagon Spent Nearly $43 Million On A Gas Station In Afghanistan

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Defense spent almost $43 million to build a compressed natural gas station in Afghanistan that would have cost up to $...

Jessica Schulberg

USAID May Not Even Know Locations Of Clinics It Funds In Afghanistan, Watchdog Says | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A government oversight agency reported on Wednesday that the U.S. Agency for International Development provided inaccurate or incomplet...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

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

Confronting Homeland Security's 'SSSS' Watch List

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2016 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

If you were to look at my past and present passports, you'd see a host of nations stamped on it that the White House has historically considered an adversary, an "axis of evil" state, or a security threat.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

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

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

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

Afghans Don't Like Soybeans, Despite a Big U.S. Push

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
The Center for Public Integrity

Afghanistan has a rich culinary tradition, but soybeans have not been a part of it. American agricultural experts who consider soybeans a superfood find this dismaying, and so over the past four years, they have invested tens of millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to try to change the way Afghans eat.

Matt Sledge

Watchdog Warns Of Corruption As $1 Billion In U.S. Aid Heads To Afghanistan | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.30.2014 | World

Afghan government ministries are teed up to receive $1 billion in direct aid as U.S. and NATO troops leave the country -- but that loosely supervised ...

Weak Military Oversight Creates Risk Of Afghan Aid Fraud, Report Finds

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.05.2013 | Politics

The U.S. military's command in charge of the transition in Afghanistan has not assessed the risk of sending billions of dollars directly to that count...

Amanda Terkel

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

Amanda Terkel

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

On 10th Anniversary of Afghan War, Time to Exit Militarized US Foreign Policy

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

October 7 marks the tenth anniversary of the US war in Afghanistan. After expending $4 trillion and thousands of lives, the US needs an exit from the depressing impasse of its militarized foreign policy.

Amanda Terkel

Key Afghanistan Reconstruction Watchdog Spot Still Vacant | 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...

Amanda Terkel

Watchdog: U.S. Risks Wasting Billions In Afghan Security Aid Given 'Inadequate Planning' | 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 | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

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

U.S. Watchdog For Afghan Contracting Resigns

McClatchy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The embattled top watchdog of U.S. contracting in Afghanistan announced Monday that he was resigning days after vowing to resist congressional demands...