Afghan Security Handoff Puts Contractors At Risk, Report Says

Law360, New York (March 30, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT) -- U.S. Agency for International Development contractors and rebuilding projects in Afghanistan face increased safety and business risks after the Afghan government's recent mandate to transfer all security duties from private contractors to Afghanistan protective forces, a government watchdog and a contractor group said Thursday.

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, reported to Congress that USAID had taken a "rushed approach" to establish contracts with a new state-owned Afghanistan security force, the Afghan Public Protection Force, in order to meet a March 20 deadline...
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