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Billions wasted due to graft in Afghanistan: Sopko

Billions wasted due to graft in Afghanistan: Sopko

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Jun 24, 2018 - 10:55

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Billions of dollars have been wasted in Afghanistaninfo-icon as Americans have failed to eradicate corruption and built infrastructure without consulting local leaders, a US watchdog says.  

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstructioninfo-icon John Sopko said in an interview the cost of the US-funded reconstruction effort exceeded the cost of the Marshall Plan.

He told The Hill’s new morning show the reconstruction campaign had suffered from a misguided belief that Afghans had the same needs as Americans.

“We can't rebuild it into a little America. I think that was one of the problems. We wanted to turn this into Kansas…We funded a lot of programs that the Afghans did not even know about it until we turned it over to them."

Sopko also blamed the US government for pouring a lot of money into the country without dealing with the inherent problem of corruption in the Afghan government.

Since 2002, Washington has spent $117.2 billion on Afghanistan’s reconstruction, compared with $103 billion spent on rebuilding in 16 Western European countries after Worldinfo-icon War II.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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