• US military wasted $43M on useless gas station: watchdog


    WASHINGTON, D.C.: The US military used $43 million of taxpayer dollars for a natural gas station in northern Afghanistan that should have cost just $500,000, the government watchdog for reconstruction in the war-torn country said Monday. The huge expense highlights some of the endemic problems that have plagued US aid to Afghanistan in the wake of the 2001 American-led invasion. In a scathing letter to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko complained of the project’s “exorbitant cost to US taxpayers.” And the inspector general said the US military’s Task Force for Stability and Business Operations failed to conduct a feasibility study before starting construction.



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