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Up to $1 Billion in U.S. Aid Winds Up In Taliban Coffers

As much as $1 billion in U.S. aid has been diverted from programs meant to stabilize Afghanistan and has wound up in the hands of the Taliban and other insurgency groups, war analysts and government auditors say.

In fact, they say, graft has gotten so bad that the U.S. government estimates that only about 10 percent of the aid budget actually reaches the people in Afghanistan who need it.

"Right now corruption is more important than the politics," Michael Thibault, co-chairman of Congress' independent and bipartisan Wartime Commission on Contracting, told "I have been there seven times in the last year and the estimates I have been told are that 20 to 40 percent of the aid funding goes to corruption."

"The problem," he said, "is the Afghan culture and the subcontracting practices of the companies that do business there."

In the past few weeks investigations by


Added: Oct-28-2010 Occurred On: Oct-27-2010
By: kelly110
Afghanistan, LiveLeaks
Tags: Taliban, US, aid, Afghanistan, insane, war,
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