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Jul252011

U.S. Funds Are Arming, Funding the Taliban: Military

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A year-long military investigation has revealed that U.S. taxpayers have been indirectly responsible for funding the Taliban.

The investigation found that the $2.16 billion used for trucking contracts to support the U.S. war effort abroad is just another troubling confirmation of corruption in Afghanistan. The funds -- directed toward food and supplies for the U.S. presence in the war-torn country -- were apparently sent to Afghan businesses which in turn provided money and guns directly to the Taliban.

The military found documented, credible evidence of enemy support by four of the eight prime truck contractors, according to the Washington Post.  Six of the companies were reported to be associated with fraudulent paperwork and behavior such as money laundering to Afghan power brokers, government officials, and police.

As serious as the corruption problem is, U.S. and Afghan officials have been slow and ineffective to respond. All eight trucking companies are still on U.S. payroll, according to the Washington Post.

Officials report interim steps have been taken to improve accountability of more than 70 percent of all U.S. products shipped within Afghanistan, yet remained vague as to the precise preventative measures that will be taken.

The investigation addresses a startling possibility: that the Taliban may not have the same incentive or ability to fight had it not been for these diverted funds.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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