The Inspector General has determined that the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan needs to provide better accountability and transparency over the aid it receives from the U.S.
In 2013, Afghanistan received $15 billion in U.S. assistance, and congress has just approved another $18 billion more, according to the Washington Examiner. American officials have, for the duration of the 13-year conflict in Afghanistan, struggled with Afghanistan’s corrupt government, and they acknowledge that millions of dollars have been diverted to the Taliban.
The IG indicated that $26.9 million was deducted from payments that were made to security forces, but Afghan officials don’t know where the funds went. Moreover, $40 million in U.S. aid dedicated to the Afghan military and security forces was described by the military overseer as having been spent “improperly.”
According to the Examiner, John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, recently said that the $103 billion the U.S. has spent since entering Afghanistan is more than the U.S. spent on reconstructing Germany and Japan combined after World War II.