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 "Iraq":

"… have changed from report to report. Quarterly reports on the readiness of Iraqi security forces sometimes showed similar fluctuations, according to Stuar …"

"… according to Stuart Bowen, who served as the Special Inspector General for Iraqi Reconstruction between 2004 and 2013. His April 2008 quarterly report not …"

"… d 2013. His April 2008 quarterly report noted that attrition rates for the Iraqi Army were around 3.6 percent per month — but he also cited Defense Depa …"

"… n a month. “Changing methodologies” accounted for data variances about Iraqi Security Forces personnel, he wrote. Still, the U.S.-led military comman …"

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 "Afghan National Army":

"… to say how many weapons are missing. At one place the auditors looked, the Afghan National Army Central Supply Depot in Kabul, the auditors looked at records for 4,388 sm …"

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 "Maryland":

"… he independent evaluation, conducted by EnCompass LLC, based in Rockville, Maryland, said that while thousands of farmers received training and planted soybea …"

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 "Dianne Feinstein":

"… a November visit there. In blunt testimony to the caucus chaired by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Sopko cited statistics that cast an unflattering light on the c …"

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 "Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction":

"… ermined those efforts and alienated the Afghan public. John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, released a report Wednesday warning that absent aggressive anti-corruptio …"

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 "Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction":

"…  described in general terms in a Sept. 5 audit by John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction — have warned agency officials that the aid was at risk of being mi …"

Talk instead of development in Afghanistan

By Rebecca LaFlure

Millions for chats instead of grants.

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

"… sk from angry local representatives or constituents,” according to a new Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)  report on the program. The Stability in Key Areas prog …"

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 "Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction":

"… eaded to Russia. But according to the latest report by John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, inspectors found a nearly deserted compound. All but three of the 12 buil …"

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 "U.S. government":

"… g to a special report by a government watchdog on Dec. 20.As a result, the U.S. government is unable to “account for $201 million” worth of fuel purchases, said …"

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 "Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction":

"… or those depicted in similar reports by its cousin, the office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. In a May report to Congress, for example, that office concluded that “c …"

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 "White House":

"… ars being spent on Afghanistan reconstruction” in coming years.Through a White House spokesman, Sopko decline to comment for this article.Updated 6/6/12 to cor …"

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 "Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction":

"… nd construction sites.Raymond DiNunzio, the head of investigations for the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, said that in some cases involving reconstruction projects, “without per …"

IG: Afghan fuel records go missing

By Aaron Mehta

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Afghan National Army":

"… tion.” …"

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 "Congressional Research Service":

"… expected to be working in Afghanistan by the end of 2010, according to the Congressional Research Service. The number of contractors could top 160,000, exceeding the ranks of U.S. …"