US Spent $2.6B-Plus On Afghan Telecom Sector, Audit Says
By Jimmy Hoover (July 22, 2016, 10:10 PM EDT) -- The U.S. government has poured at least $2.6 billion into Afghanistan's telecommunications sector, and possibly much more, as accurate figures from the Pentagon and others are difficult to come by, a federal watchdog agency overseeing Afghan reconstruction said in an audit published Friday.
Given that the Department of Defense, the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development were not required to track their investments in the information and communications technology sector in the war-torn nation, their data "may not be comprehensive or entirely reliable," the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction concluded.
The agencies reported $2.2 billion in investments...
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