The U.S military estimates $360 million in U.S. tax dollars has ended up in the hands of the Taliban, criminals, and power brokers with ties to both. The money was awarded to Afghan businesses in a central Obama administration policy that finances business contracts to boost the economy.
These losses, which end up directly funding groups U.S. forces have been battling against for a decade, are the latest in a series of reports about large amounts of U.S. aid to Afghanistan being diverted to insurgents and corrupt parties. Last year, it was found that $3 billion in diverted U.S. aid and logistics dollars had been smuggled out of Kabul International Airport to financial safe havens or laundered to private ventures abroad. Similarly, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Democratic majority staff concluded in June that U.S. nation-building efforts were fueling corruption, distorting local economies, and did not provide sustainable results.