Undone Afghan Bomb Prevention Work Cost US Lives: Report

Law360, New York (July 23, 2013, 7:57 PM EDT) -- The U.S. watchdog for spending in Afghanistan said Tuesday that U.S. troops likely lost their lives because of unfinished work on contracts meant to protect U.S. troops from roadsides bombs in Afghanistan.

Afghan insurgents frequently place improvised explosive devices in culverts and drainage tunnels that run beneath roads, and the Department of Defense has awarded approximately $32 million since 2009 to cover the culverts with iron grates, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. But the ad hoc execution of the culvert denial systems...
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