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U.S. Says Buildings Missing In Afghanistan

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) says the United States is missing several buildings it thought it had built in Afghanistan.

John Sopko said on January 10 that he didn't know where the buildings were or even if they were ever built.

In his first public remarks since his July 2012 appointment by President Barack Obama, Sopko said corruption, inadequate planning, poor security, and the questionable sustainability of projects are among the challenges facing U.S. reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan.

He said the United States risks wasting billions of dollars if the agencies charged with implementing new programs and constructing new facilities don’t answer basic questions about how they are carrying out their work.

Sopko said Washington spends some $28 million per day on rebuilding and reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan.
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