Inspector General Questions
Afghanistan Reconstruction Projects
July 30, 2012
A U.S. government report says major reconstruction projects in
Afghanistan that were originally pitched as a vital tool in the campaign
against the Taliban are so far behind schedule that they will not yield
any benefits until most U.S. combat forces have left the country.
The report by the special inspector-general for Afghanistan
reconstruction concludes the Afghan government will not have the money
or skill to maintain many of the projects.
The Washington Post and The New York Times published stories on the
report early Monday ahead of its official release planned for later in
newspapers say the report states the U.S. military and the U.S. Agency
for International Development believe four electricity projects, costing
more than $300 million dollars, will have counterinsurgency benefits,
yet the projects have still not been awarded to contractors.
The U.S. Congress has poured $800 million into the Afghan reconstruction
fund, while the State Department has committed about $1 billion.
In a written response to the report, the U.S. embassy in Kabul said it
was "speculative," and the top Defense Department official responsible
for Afghanistan called the report "premature."