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Military Resistance 11H1 Taliban on US Payroll

Military Resistance 11H1 Taliban on US Payroll

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The U.S. Army has refused to bar 43 individuals or companies from getting U.S. contracts in Afghanistan despite information that they support the Taliban or other enemies of U.S. forces, a government watchdog said on Tuesday.John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR), said he was concerned by the Army's refusal to follow his office's recommendations to prevent alleged supporters of the Taliban, the Haqqani network and al Qaeda from getting or keeping U.S. government contracts.....
The U.S. Army has refused to bar 43 individuals or companies from getting U.S. contracts in Afghanistan despite information that they support the Taliban or other enemies of U.S. forces, a government watchdog said on Tuesday.John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR), said he was concerned by the Army's refusal to follow his office's recommendations to prevent alleged supporters of the Taliban, the Haqqani network and al Qaeda from getting or keeping U.S. government contracts.....

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Military Resistance 11H1
 
“The U.S. Army Has Refused ToBar 43 Individuals Or Companies From Getting U.S.Contracts In AfghanistanDespite Information That TheySupport The Taliban Or Other Enemies Of U.S. Forces”
 
“‘They May Be Enemies Of TheUnited States, But That Is NotEnough To Keep Them FromGetting Government Contracts,’The Quarterly Report Said”
“The U.S. Military Can Pursue, AttackAnd Even Kill Terrorists And Their Supporters, But Some In The U.S.Government Believe We CannotPrevent These Same People FromReceiving A Government Contract”
“Millions Of Contracting Dollars WereStill At Risk Of Being Diverted To ForcesThat Want To Harm The U.S. PersonnelIn Afghanistan”
Jul 30, 2013 by Susan Cornwell, Reuters. Additional reporting by David Alexander;Editing by Philip Barbara. [Excerpts]WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army has refused to bar 43 individuals or companies from getting U.S. contracts in Afghanistan despite information that theysupport the Taliban or other enemies of U.S. forces, a government watchdog said onTuesday.John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR), said hewas concerned by the Army's refusal to follow his office's recommendations to preventalleged supporters of the Taliban, the Haqqani network and al Qaeda from getting or keeping U.S. government contracts.“I am deeply troubled that the U.S. military can pursue, attack and even kill terrorists andtheir supporters, but that some in the U.S. government believe we cannot prevent thesesame people from receiving a government contract,” Sopko wrote in an introduction tohis office's quarterly report on the U.S. reconstruction effort in Afghanistan.
 
 The Haqqani Network is an Islamist insurgent group that operates on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
The report said SIGAR referred 43 contractors' cases - most of them Afghans - tothe U.S. Army for suspension or debarment, but all were rejected, “despitedetailed supporting information demonstrating that these individuals and entitiesare providing material support to the insurgency in Afghanistan.”“In other words, they may be enemies of the United States, but that is not enoughto keep them from getting government contracts,” the quarterly report said.
“The Army Procurement Fraud Branch did receive and review the 43 recommendationslate last year, but the report did not include enough supporting evidence to initiatesuspension and debarment under Federal Acquisition Regulations,” said MatthewBourke, an Army spokesman.None of the contractors recommended for suspension or debarment were identified inthe SIGAR report, nor did it provide details of their contractor work. SIGAR officials saidthat in excess of $150 million was involved, and that more than 80 percent of thecontractors were Afghan entities; the rest were from the region.SIGAR routinely refers individuals and companies for suspension or debarment fromU.S. contracts based on evidence of misconduct such as theft from U.S. forces or acceptance of bribes. Such referrals have resulted in a total of 59 suspensions and 68final debarments since 2008, the quarterly report said.U.S. reconstruction aid to Afghanistan is approaching $100 billion after more than adecade of war. Federal agencies have asked Congress to approve more than $10.7billion for Afghanistan reconstruction programs in the fiscal year that starts October 1.
A federal law aims to prevent militants from getting U.S. contract money from theDefense Department. But SIGAR said in an April report that weaknesses in theway it was being administered meant millions of contracting dollars were still atrisk of being diverted to forces that want to harm the U.S. personnel inAfghanistan.
Nonetheless, Congress may want to consider extending the law to include contracts withthe State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, SIGAR said ina separate report this week.Sopko, who has held his position for a year, has been a skeptic of U.S. assistance to Afghanistan. He said in February that Washington should reconsider whether to spendmore on reconstruction aid there, citing Afghanistan's corruption and inability to manageprojects as U.S. troops withdraw.
AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS

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