U.S. Watchdog Says Lack Of Oversight Hampers Development Of Afghan Forces

U.S. government watchdog says a lack of coordinated oversight of U.S. spending in Afghanistan has led to a waste of funds and hampered the training and development of Afghan security forces.The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said in a report to Congress late on June 20 that the United States spent nearly $84 billion on Afghan forces. But SIGAR said Afghan forces continue to suffer heavy casualties, high levels of desertion, and face problems with organization and logistics."Security-sector assistance efforts in Afghanistan have been hindered by the lack of clear command-and-control relationships between the U.S. military and the U.S. Embassy, as well as between ministerial and tactical advising efforts," the report said.This has resulted in disjointed efforts to develop" the capabilities of Afghan forces' capabilities............


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