- - Thursday, October 30, 2014

The U.S. Army is refusing to “suspend or debar” supporters of the Afghan insurgency from receiving lucrative government contracts, a practice that is illegal and dangerous to U.S. national security interests, according to a government watchdog group.

The Army has rebuffed and ignored multiple calls for it to stop doing business with Afghans who are known to support the country’s insurgency because information about these individuals is classified, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), which oversees the United States’ multi-billion dollar effort in Afghanistan.

SIGAR also found evidence in its latest report to Congress that U.S. reconstruction projects have helped Afghans grow large quantities of opium-poppy plants, according to the report released early Thursday.

• Read the rest at the Washington Free Beacon.

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