U.S. to Seek Billions More for Afghan Military Efforts

Posted June 21, 2016 at 5:57am

Stars and Stripes reports that “America’s longest war is about to include more cash for Afghanistan’s army and police force – without any new conditions to try to make sure it doesn’t get gobbled up before making it to the battlefield.”  

“At a NATO summit in Warsaw that begins July 8, the United States and its allies will try to raise $15 billion to fund Afghan security forces through 2020. About $10.5 billion of that is expected to come from the United States, a continuation of existing commitments to pay and clothe Afghan security forces while supplying them with fuel, weapons and ammunition to fight Taliban insurgents.”  

“But even though billions of dollars have been wasted or stolen here over the past 15 years, NATO leaders will probably not link the money to new benchmarks or anti-corruption standards for the Afghan military, said Maj. Gen. Gordon “Skip” Davis Jr., commander of Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, which oversees coalition support for Afghan security forces.”