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Shining a spotlight on multi-billion dollar waste in Afghanistan

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko speaks with AFP in Virgina on July 24, 2014Speedboats for a landlocked nation, a soybean planting program in a country that eats wheat, airplanes rusting on the tarmac — there has been a litany of waste from the $103 billion spent by the US in Afghanistan. Putting it into context, blunt-speaking independent watchdog John Sopko says by the end of this year the United States will have spent since 2001 “more money on reconstruction in Afghanistan than we did on the entire Marshall Plan” which was put into action after World War II to rebuild European economies. Since becoming Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) two years ago, Sopko and his 200-strong team have been skewering US agencies for pouring money down the drain, as well as shining a light on Afghan and US officials for shameless corruption.

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