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That ‘Wasteful’ Task Force? You’re Not Getting the Full Story

TFBSO/Tina Hager That ‘Wasteful’ Task Force? You’re Not Getting the Full Story January 26, 2016 By Daniel Fisher In Afghanistan, the Pentagon’s Task Force for Business and Stability Operations fostered helpful investment — and pioneered an essential component of future … Continue reading

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Billions of Dollars Haven’t Improved Safety or the Economy in Afghanistan

World Billions of Dollars Haven’t Improved Safety or the Economy in Afghanistan By Lucy Westcott On 1/29/16 at 12:01 AM The Taliban control around 30 percent of Afghanistan’s territory, more than in 2001, according to a new report from a … Continue reading

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The long read: how America failed Afghanistan

The civil-military unit Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul provide security as engineers inspect a road project in Qalat, Zabul province, Afghanistan, in 2011. Sgt Brian Ferguson / US Air Force via Getty Images The long read: how America failed Afghanistan Antony … Continue reading

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Measuring Afghanistan’s Education Problem

Measuring Afghanistan’s Education Problem An estimated 40 percent of Afghanistan’s children are not in school. By Catherine Putz January 13, 2016 Education has been one of the barometers of development and recovery in Afghanistan. Besides being economically necessary, greater enrollment … Continue reading

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BPR Interviews: John Sopko

BPR Interviews: John Sopko By Vanessa Jingjing ZhangJanuary 26, 2016 John Sopko is Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. He has worked as a prosecutor in Ohio and served in the Senate and House of Representatives conducting investigations. BPR: When … Continue reading

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Tens of Millions Wasted on “Ghost” Schools, and That’s Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Tens of Millions Wasted on “Ghost” Schools, and That’s Just the Tip of the Iceberg A new report from the government’s Afghan reconstruction watchdog is just awful. —By AJ Vicens | Fri Jan. 29, 2016 6:00 AM EST Afghan laborers … Continue reading

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Billions of US Dollars Haven’t Improved Safety for the Economy in Afghanistan

US 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan. (photo: Flickr) Billions of US Dollars Haven’t Improved Safety for the Economy in Afghanistan By Lucy Westcott, Newsweek 29 January 16 illions of dollars spent by the U.S. government in Afghanistan over the past … Continue reading

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Afghanistan Growing More Dangerous for U.S. Rebuilders

Afghanistan Growing More Dangerous for U.S. Rebuilders By Charles S. Clark January 29, 2016 An Afghan airman stands at his security post near Forward Operating Base Oqab in Kabul, Afghanistan. Air Force Staff Sgt. Corey Hook In the latest in … Continue reading

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Lawmakers to Pentagon: Goats, Carpets and Jewelry Helped Afghanistan How?

Lawmakers to Pentagon: Goats, Carpets and Jewelry Helped Afghanistan How? At a Senate hearing this week, lawmakers questioned whether a Pentagon business task force had accomplished anything worthwhile. by Megan McCloskey ProPublica, Jan. 21, 2016, 2:52 p.m. Brian McKeon, principal … Continue reading

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Testimony on TFBSO: Preliminary Results Show Serious Management & Oversight Problems

Today, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, John F. Sopko, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support on oversight of the Department of Defense’s Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO). The testimony … Continue reading

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