The Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan issued a long-awaited report that sharply criticized the oversight of contractors in the region.  The Commission makes a “conservative” estimate that $177 billion has been spent to date on contingency contracts to support US operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  It estimates that $12 billion of this amount has been lost to fraud,  not counting billions more lost to contract waste. Read the full report:

You may wish to also read a TPM investigation into the alleged theft of fuel in Afghanistan (US fuel supplies being robbed) which has become an endemic problem.   With world fuel prices climbing, and the cost of fuel already comprising some 25% of the cost of Afghanistan operations, this troubling report suggests that  US tax dollars are being diverted to the Taliban.


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