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Sopko paints grim picture of security in Afghanistan

Sopko paints grim picture of security in Afghanistan

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Apr 09, 2016 - 10:05

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): More than 700 schools across Afghanistaninfo-icon have been shut because of the ongoing insurgency, the head of a US federal watchdog says, painting a grim picture of the security situation.

Although the US has spent $7 billion on combating drugs, opium production hit 3,300 tons in 2015 -- the same level as was recorded in 2000, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstructioninfo-icon (SIGAR) said.

In remarks prepared for delivery at Harvard University, John F. Sopko acknowledged: "The reconstruction effort in Afghanistan is in a perilous state."

Despite investing billions of dollars and sacrificing many lives, US efforts to rebuild Afghanistan were in a perilous state, the CNN quoted Sopko as saying in his remarks.

The military drawdown had spelled trouble for the Pentagon, which could not collect accurate information on Afghan security capability and effectiveness, claimed the congressionally-mandated auditor.

Sixty-one percent ($68 billion) of the $113 billion committed to Afghanistan’s reconstruction since the war began nearly 15 years ago have been spent on security, including the development of the Afghan forces.

Some of the funds are likely used to pay for thousands of “ghost” security personnel, he believed, saying US advisors had little contact with Afghan units below the army-corps and regional police-headquarters level.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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