John Sopko

U.S. Afghanistan Watchdog: Officials ‘Routinely Lied’ About War and Reconstruction

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday and complained about the “odor of mendacity” surrounding everything related to Afghanistan. Sopko said U.S. officials have “routinely lied” to the American public about numerous issues related to war and reconstruction in Afghanistan.

CAMP BOST, AFGHANISTAN - SEPTEMBER 11: U.S. service members walk off a helicopter on the runway at Camp Bost on September 11, 2017 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. About 300 marines are currently deployed in Helmand Province in a train, advise, and assist role supporting local Afghan security forces. Currently the …

Report: U.S. Officials Knew Afghanistan Was an Unwinnable War

The U.S. goal of reinventing Afghanistan into a Western-style centralized democracy and a free-market economy from a tribal society that was unsuited for either by throwing billions of American-taxpayer dollars was doomed to fail, the Washington Post revealed Monday in a multi-series investigation.

CAMP BOST, AFGHANISTAN - SEPTEMBER 11: U.S. service members walk off a helicopter on the runway at Camp Bost on September 11, 2017 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. About 300 marines are currently deployed in Helmand Province in a train, advise, and assist role supporting local Afghan security forces. Currently the …

Afghanistan: U.S. Taxpayers Spending $85 Million for Unusable ‘Ghost Hotel’

Not only has the U.S. government wasted $85 million to construct a major hotel and an apartment building in Afghanistan deemed abandoned and uninhabitable, American taxpayers are also footing the bill for security at the buildings, located near the U.S. Embassy, according to an Afghan reconstruction watchdog agency appointed by Congress.

Afghanistan: U.S. Taxpayer Spending $85 Million for Unusable ‘Ghost Hotel’ Project

Afghanistan: Faulty USAID GPS Data May Expose U.S.-Funded Hospitals to Attack

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provided inaccurate location data for at least 22 hospitals in the Afghanistan province of Kabul, placing the health facilities at risk of suffering the same deadly fate as the Doctors Without Borders medical center, according to a watchdog agency appointed by Congress.

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Watchdog: U.S. Troops in Afghanistan Killed Due to Contractors’ Poor Oversight

Poor oversight of government contractors in Afghanistan paved the way for insurgents to plant roadside bombs under highways and embankments that ultimately killed and wounded U.S. troops, according to a congressional watchdog tasked with rooting out fraud, waste, and abuse in American taxpayer-funded projects to rebuild the war-torn country.

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