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Report: Afghan Militants Could Get U.S. Contract Funds

The top auditor overseeing U.S. reconstruction in Afghanistan has warned militant groups could obtain U.S. government contracts because administrative flaws and misunderstandings are hampering a new law aimed at weeding out corruption.

The warning comes from the special inspector-general for Afghan reconstruction, John P. Sopko.

In an audit released on April 11, Sopko said weaknesses mar procedures that the Defense Department tightened in 2012 to comply with new federal laws to prevent militants from obtaining U.S. contract payments.

Sopko said nearly $2 billion in government contracts were awarded in 2012, but he did not identify how much money was in jeopardy.

The U.S. military has estimated that up to $360 million ended up in the hands of Taliban and criminal elements in Afghanistan.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP