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US spent $76b on arming Afghan forces: Report

US spent $76b on arming Afghan forces: Report

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Aug 13, 2017 - 10:09

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The United States has failed to enable the Afghan security forces to operate independently despite spending $76 billion on arming them over the last 16 years.

Washington could maintain its support to Afghanistaninfo-icon because the country’s “stability and security continue to face threats from the Talibaninfo-icon-led insurgency, criminal networks and terrorist organisations, including the militant Islamic State group.

A report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said the US began providing weapons, communication devices, and other security equipment to the Afghan security forces in 2002.

About 86 per cent of the funds -- $66 billion of the $76 billion -- were channeled through the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund (ASFF), which was set up in 2005, according to the report.

Until April 2017, about $61 billion of the $66 billion of allocations made since 2005 have been disbursed. The largest expenditure was for sustainment, totalling 44 per cent (over $26 billions) of all ASFF disbursements.

Equipment and transportation accounted for almost $18 billion, or 29 per cent. About 81 per cent of weapons provided to the Afghan security forces were rifles and pistols.

The firepower funding also included more than 25,000 grenade launchers and almost 10,000 rocket-propelled weapons used by the Afghan Border Police. The Afghans were also given 162,643 pieces of communications equipment and nearly 76,000 vehicles.

The vehicles were primarily light-tactical vehicles like Ford Ranger pickups, cargo trucks and more than 22,000 Humvees. As many as 110 helicopters and 98 planes have also been delivered to the Afghans since 2007.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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