Report: U.S. backed Afghan transportation funding funneled to Taliban

| Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The United States is spending more than $2 billion for a trucking contract used to help rebuild Afghanistan, and millions of dollars from that contract are being funneled to the Taliban.

A Pentagon investigation completed in May revealed that a portion of the $2.16 billion transportation contract is funding a direct enemy of the U.S.

According to a Washington Post article, one $7.4 million payment went to eight companies, through contractors, subcontractors and eventually to the account of an Afghan National Police commander. The Pentagon reportedly found that $3.3 million of the original $7.4 million had been transferred to Taliban insurgents in cash, weapons and explosives.

According to ABC News, Pentagon Spokesman Col. Dave Lapan confirmed the investigation’s findings.

Lapan did not confirm the actual amount that made it into Taliban hands, the ABC report said.

U.S. Rep. John Tierney, D-MA, was outraged by news of the report and called for a hearing to examine changes for future contracts.

“One year after Congress first demanded attention to these issues, we continue to hear from Pentagon officials that they are aggressively increasing oversight over these contracts and taxpayer money,” Tierney said in a statement.

“But so far it has been all talk and no action. I urge Chairman Chaffetz to announce a hearing date to review these new reports and demand from DOD evidence of changes in their contracting procedure. It defeats all of our purposes to be funding the enemy in Afghanistan.”

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