U.S. Paid to Maintain Inoperable Afghan Police Vehicles, Audit Finds

January 17, 2013

The U.S. government paid $6.8 million for maintenance of more than 7,000 Afghan police vehicles that had been destroyed or were out of commission, according to an inspector general report released Thursday.

The report, prepared by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, cast further doubt on Afghanistan’s ability to run its nascent security forces after U.S. troops withdraw at the end of 2014.

The audit of a $350 million contract awarded to the Dubai-based firm Automotive Management Services highlights the challenges of keeping meaningful oversight of the United States’ $52 billion investment in Afghanistan’s security forces — a task that is likely to become harder as the American drawdown accelerates.

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