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“Giving the [Afghan army] more responsibility for tracking and shipping vehicle spare parts raises concerns, as [it] is not yet consistently using or updating its inventory to track what is currently in stock,” the special inspector general said.
Since the beginning of combat operations in 2002, the U.S. has spent close to $100 billion on aid for rebuilding Afghanistan. But the special inspector general, headed by John Sopko, has repeatedly found examples of waste in the war-torn nation, including $1 billion on fees and taxes imposed by the local government and $190 million lost to a corrupt health system.
The parts are just the latest example of waste.
“While most individual vehicle spare parts are relatively inexpensive, total purchases of these parts have amounted to approximately $370 million between 2004 and 2012, much of which cannot now be accounted for,” the special inspector general said.
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Phillip Swarts is an investigative reporter for The Washington Times, covering fiscal waste, fraud and political ethics. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and previously worked as an investigative reporter for the Washington Guardian. Phillip can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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