Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

Afghanistan Loses Control of Nearly Half the Country Under Obama

Afghanistan, under the presidency of Barack Obama, lost control and influence of nearly half of its war-ravaged territory as armed clashes between the nation’s security forces and the Taliban reached unprecedented levels, reports a congressionally appointed watchdog agency.

FILE -- In this March 9, 2016 file photo, smoke rises from a building, where Taliban insurgents hide during a fire fight with Afghan security forces, in Helmand province, south west Afghanistan. Kareem Atal, head of the provincial council, said Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, that troops are being deployed to …

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

Watchdog: U.S. Still Paying Millions for Afghanistan ‘Ghost’ Students, Teachers

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has likely paid millions in American taxpayer funds for nonexistent schools, students, and teachers in Afghanistan, as part of America’s estimated $115-billion ongoing nation-building efforts in the war, reports the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a watchdog agency.

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Afghan Troops Have Killed More Americans than the Taliban in 2016

Men dressed in uniforms of the U.S.-backed Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have killed more Americans so far this year than the Taliban in what is known as insider or “green on blue” attacks, according to a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a U.S. watchdog agency.

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U.S. Pledges Another $800M to Afghanistan Despite Rampant Corruption

President Barack Obama’s administration has pledged an additional $791 million to fund United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) nation-building programs in Afghanistan despite a recent report showing American taxpayer funds are being siphoned off by corrupt Afghan officials to fund terrorist groups such as the Taliban.

A woman, who has been displaced by floods, uses a USAID box to move her belongings while taking refuge on an embankment at Chandan Mori village in Dadu, some 320 km (199 miles) north of Karachi October 10, 2010. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Report: Nearly 200,000 U.S.-Funded Afghan Soldiers Are ‘Ghost’ Troops

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly two-thirds, or about 200,000, of the number of U.S.-funded Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) needed to keep Afghanistan safe have been deemed nonexistent “ghost” service members who are supposed to be backing American troops on the battlefield, revealed a letter sent to the Pentagon by a watchdog agency.

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One Killed, 6 Wounded as U.S Boosts Presence in Afghanistan

One American service member was killed and another injured in southern Afghanistan’s Taliban stronghold of Helmand province a day after the U.S. military announced it was deploying nearly 100 troops to the same region in response to recent “tactical victories” by the jihadist group.

FILE -- In this March 9, 2016 file photo, smoke rises from a building, where Taliban insurgents hide during a fire fight with Afghan security forces, in Helmand province, south west Afghanistan. Kareem Atal, head of the provincial council, said Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, that troops are being deployed to …

Pentagon Unable to Explain How $800 Million Program in Afghanistan Failed

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Defense (DOD) told the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a congressionally-appointed watchdog agency, that it cannot explain how a project costing U.S. Taxpayers nearly $800 million failed to produce “the intended economic growth or stabilization outcomes that justified its creation.”

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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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