US Defense Officials Questioned About Afghan Trucking Contract
• Lisa Ferdinando | Capitol Hill
U.S. Defense Department officials say they take any allegation of
corruption and wrongdoing seriously in response to a congressional
report saying tens of millions of dollars in U.S. taxpayers' money have
been paid as extortion money to Afghan warlords, public officials and
even the Taliban to make sure U.S. supply convoys get to their
The six-month investigation looked into the
Department of Defense's $2.16 billion Afghan Host Nation Trucking
contract that delivers 70 percent of the food, water, ammunition,
weapons, and fuel used by American troops in Afghanistan.
chairman of the subcommittee, John Tierney, a Democrat from
Massachusetts, says American taxpayers are feeding what he called a
protection racket in Afghanistan and that the military appears to have
ignored complaints by contractors who said they were being extorted.
"This contract appears to have fueled warlordism, extortion, corruption,
and maybe even funded the enemy," he said.
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