NATO suddenly classifies ratings of Afghan military and police capabilities

By Julia Harte

NATO abruptly classifies assessments of Afghan army and police, which the U.S. spent billions building up.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction":

"… ndent federal auditors of the reconstruction effort that the office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction by email that the latest ratings now are classified in their entirety. IS …"

"… did not respond to requests for an explanation. The change was flagged by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko in his Oct. 2014 quarterly report released today. The classific …"

U.S. loses track of weapons shipped to Afghanistan

By James Arkin

Three separate systems are used to track the arms sent to Afghanistan, but they are riddled with errors and not linked up.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction":

"… hands. Unfortunately, the system failed, according to a new report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, and for reasons that could easily have been foreseen. The bookkeeping ha …"

"… 888 had missing information or were duplicates, according to the report by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko.  More than 20,000 serial numbers in each of the DOD data …"

Afghans don’t like soybeans, despite a big U.S. push

By Alexander Cohen and James Arkin

Washington ignored warnings that Afghans were unlikely to embrace protein-rich soy products.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… d be nearly a third of the total. A special auditor appointed by President Obama the following year said he discovered nearly $7 billion worth of Afghanist …"

"… ministrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service, who signed it. She’s an Obama political appointee and former registered lobbyist for the International D …"

Afghanistan's narcotics problems grow worse

By R. Jeffrey Smith and Mattie Quinn

A costly and ambitious U.S. effort to curtail Afghanistan's poppy production falters as U.S. forces draw down.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Taliban":

"… “surge” during Obama’s first term. This grim news is a boon to the Taliban, which is now drawing at least $155 million a year from narcotics-related …"

"… ing the funds in insurgency, according to United Nations estimates. “The Taliban is involved in taxing opium poppy farmers; operating processing laboratori …"

Audit: U.S. lacks anti-corruption plan for Afghan aid

By Douglas Birch

Audit says U.S. lacks blueprint to assure Afghan assistance is well-spent

Excerpts from this story referencing "China":

"… e 5,000 miles of border the landlocked country shares with Pakistan, Iran, China and three Central Asian states. Among other initiatives, the U.S. is tryi …"

U.S. agency rejects internal warnings about potential waste in Afghanistan aid program

By R. Jeffrey Smith

USAID commissioned two reports that raised red flags about aid to Afghanistan’s Ministry of Health but decided to keep spending millions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "John F. Sopko":

"… in 2012 and 2013 — described in general terms in a Sept. 5 audit by John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction — hav …"

Talk instead of development in Afghanistan

By Rebecca LaFlure

Millions for chats instead of grants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "John F. Sopko":

"… n statement released with the report on July 29, Special Inspector General John F. Sopko called the findings “troubling.” He said “this looks like bad value …"

More waste found in Afghanistan as US heads for the exit

By Douglas Birch

The US effort in Afghanistan has been repeatedly tainted by poor planning and corruption, says inspector general

Excerpts from this story referencing "John F. Sopko":

"… for Afghan heroin headed to Russia. But according to the latest report by John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, inspectors …"

Missing: $200M in gas receipts for NATO aid in Afghanistan

By R. Jeffrey Smith

NATO fuel purchase documents in Afghanistan were shredded and remain missing

Excerpts from this story referencing "Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction":

"… is unable to “account for $201 million” worth of fuel purchases, said Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko, in a letter alerting two members of Congress to the mi …"

Millions of dollars in U.S. aid wasted in Afghanistan

By Zach Toombs

Government watchdog finds many examples of failed construction projects.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction":

"… the base at risk for abandonment as well, according to a new report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.John Sopko, a former deputy director at Homeland Security and prosecutor w …"

U.S. official says government wasted $6-8 billion in Iraq reconstruction

By Zach Toombs and Aaron Mehta

The special inspector general for Iraq tallies the loss of U.S. taxpayer funds at more than 11 percent of the billions spent

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… GIR) for the past eight years, gave that estimate in an interview with the Center for Public Integrity on Monday, shortly after releasing a new summary of his office’s many gr …"

Experienced watchdog appointed for U.S. spending in Afghanistan

By Aaron Mehta

A veteran investigator fills one of ten vacant Inspector General jobs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "John F. Sopko":

"… ns, it can be hard to find a new challenge. But if he was looking for one, John F. Sopko seems to have found it.This week, the Obama administration announced that …"

Corruption still threatens U.S. efforts in Afghanistan

By Aaron Mehta

As U.S. heads for the door in Afghanistan, persistent corruption threatens to undermine development efforts there.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction":

"… $100 billion the U.S. has spent on reconstruction efforts since 2002. U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction Steven Trent warned that deep corruption persists in the country, and can …"

Concerns mounting over billion-dollar construction projects in Afghanistan

By Laurel Adams

A major construction project to build 900 security sites for the Afghanistan National Security Forces is so poorly planned that $11.4 billio

Excerpts from this story referencing "Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction":

"… poorly planned that $11.4 billion is at risk, according to an audit by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.Additional infrastructure is needed as the number of security personnel in …"

The struggle to police foreign subcontractors in Iraq and Afghanistan

By Nick Schwellenbach and Lagan Sebert

To win hearts and minds in Afghanistan and Iraq, military experts want U.S. companies to contract with local firms for a variety of tasks li

Excerpts from this story referencing "KBR":

"… contractor, usually a large American company like Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) or DynCorp International, will often subcontract some or even a majority …"

"… mi’s top manager for Iraq and Kuwait obtained at least $133,000 to bribe KBR employees for subcontracts. In 2006, Mohammad Shabbir Khan, a Tamimi manag …"

"… f witness tampering in 2009. He admitted to paying $133,000 to an American KBR employee to win $21.8 million in subcontracts to supply food to troops in …"

"… ncial records to the Defense Contract Audit Agency and to prime contractor KBR, which want to examine the company’s books to pinpoint how Khan obtained …"

IG: Afghan fuel records go missing

By Aaron Mehta

New IG report warns of missing data on $475 million in oil

As Afghanistan contracting surges, who's following the money?

By Christine Spolar

U.S. agencies fail to coordinate, inviting waste and abuse

Excerpts from this story referencing "Army":

"… affairs office for procurement named a lieutenant colonel in Virginia, an Army official in San Antonio, a deputy secretary in the Army in Virginia and a …"

"… el in Virginia, an Army official in San Antonio, a deputy secretary in the Army in Virginia and a general in Afghanistan. No single official would be able …"