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At least $154.4 million in fuel stolen in Afghanistan, watchdog says – News

At least $154.4 million in fuel stolen in Afghanistan, watchdog says – News

The disappearance of at least $154.4 million worth of stolen fuel meant for coalition and Afghan troops may be helping supply Taliban and other insurgent forces in Afghanistan, the top American watchdog for rebuilding in the country said. Fuel theft has become a lucrative venture, despite years of effort to curb corruption, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, said in a report released Friday. The true scale of fuel theft is likely higher than $154.4 million, due to poor record keeping, corruption and the vast amount of fuel available, the report stated. Fuel is easy to steal and is often sent to remote locations that are difficult to monitor. The report comes as the Department of Defense prepares a five-year contract to continue supplying Afghan forces with nearly $2 billion of fuel. Fuel theft affects troops directly, said Tim Patterson…

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