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Wednesday
Jan292014

Report: Most Afghan Security Forces Are Illiterate

JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- The top U.S. watchdog in Afghanistan says that more than half of the country's security forces can't read and that includes officers as well as soldiers and policemen.

The pronouncement comes as Special Inspector General for Reconstruction in Afghanistan suggests that a $200 million literacy program paid for by U.S. taxpayers has been largely ineffective.

According to a report released Tuesday, there has been little oversight regarding verification of testing for reading proficiency while the money used to fund the program is subject to fraud.

Therefore, with so many in the Afghan National Security Forces unable to read and write, the watchdog deems the goal of 100 percent literacy "unrealistic" and "unattainable."

Hoping to blunt the inspector general's criticisms, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) claims new literacy and language contracts have been issued to “improve delivery and oversight.”

There are an estimated 382,500 soldiers and police in the ANSF.

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