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US should not ignore Afghan transit ‘payoffs’

April 21, 2012
The Mining Journal

At least four of the eight private trucking companies used to transport supplies to U.S. troops in Afghanistan have paid tens of millions of dollars to "local warlords" to guard convoys, a recent study found.

Taliban forces, the very people Americans are fighting, have been among the recipients.

Corruption probably has siphoned off billions of dollars in U.S. expenditures in Afghanistan. But using American taxpayers' dollars to help the very foe killing U.S. troops is a new outrage.

No doubt Afghan President Hamid Karzai will do nothing to punish corrupt truckers in his country. U.S. officials should find some way of retaliating against those using our money to buy weapons for our enemies.



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