US spent on equipments more than ANSF needed: SIGAR

(Last Updated On: September 17, 2015)

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The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) expressed his concerns in a letter to the US four-star general who oversees international military operations in Afghanistan, writing has purchased equipments more than the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) needed.

John F Sopko, head of SIGAR said that the US Congress has appropriated more than $65bn for supporting the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).

Despite this, much of the investment seems to have been wasted, and SIGAR has over the years revealed many examples of taxpayer money being used on ineffective projects, or stolen through fraudulent schemes.

SIGAR’s most recent statements highlights the influx of more than need equipments can face the depreciation of past equipments to many difficulties.

However, Afghanistan Ministry of National Defense (MoND) claims that the foreign forces have distributed equipments without recording to the defense ministry of the country after the year 2001.

MoND said that the National army is in a serious need of equipments in air and heavy weapons.

Despite the $65bn investment, there are still serious questions over how ready ANSF is when it comes to tackling the Taliban and other armed groups.

These statements come as the Afghan National Security Forces have retreated in some parts of the country due to the lack of adequate equipments.

 

Reported by Muhammad Milad Sekandari

 

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