U.S. watchdog questions spending for Afghan army

2:50 AM, Sep 10, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON -- The watchdog for U.S. spending in Afghanistan is warning about lax accountability in a $1.1 billion program supplying fuel to the Afghan National Army.

A new report says the international coalition that is training the army can't prove whether the fuel is actually being used by Afghan security forces, meaning it's not known how much has been lost, stolen or diverted to the insurgency.

The report by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John F. Sopko says the program's budget should be capped until officials figure out how much fuel is needed for Afghan forces to do their job.

He also says an audit of the spending is being hampered because someone shredded more than four years' worth of financial records for the program.

(Associated Press)

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