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U.S. Watchdog Urges Delay In Delivering More Aircraft To Afghanistan

A member of the Afghan Air Force raises the national flag on top of a C-130 transport aircraft at Kabul's international airport on October 9, 2013.
A member of the Afghan Air Force raises the national flag on top of a C-130 transport aircraft at Kabul's international airport on October 9, 2013.
By RFE/RL

The U.S. government watchdog charged with overseeing aid to Afghanistan has recommended delaying the delivery of additional cargo aircraft to the nascent Afghan Air Force (AAF).

John Sopko, special inspector-general for Afghanistan reconstruction (SIGAR), said the AAF may not need all the C-130 airplanes to be provided by the U.S. military in a deal worth over $100 million.

The U.S. military has already delivered two C-130 cargo aircraft, with plans to deliver two more.

In a July 10 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other top U.S. military officials, Sopko questioned whether the AAF was making full use of the aircraft.

He said elimination of a single C-130 could save U.S. taxpayers up to $40.5 million.

SIGAR disclosed the contents of the letter on July 16.

With reporting by "The Wall Street Journal"

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