Quietly classifying US spending on Afghanistan

The US military classified information related to the training and equipping of the Afghan National Security Forces [EPA]

With the drawdown nearly complete – less than 12,000 American troops are left in Afghanistan – the US military classified large amounts of key information about its billion-dollar projects in the war-ravaged nation.

It was the first time the US public had not been granted knowledge of how its government was spending money in the country still wracked by violence after more than 13 years of conflict.

While troop levels will fall to 5,500 by the end of 2015, the military’s costly Afghan mission is far from over after the United States renewed its commitment, along with other nations, to provide at least $16bn through 2015, and similar levels of funding for the following two years.

According to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR),which has closely audited the US’ successes and failings in Afghanistan, the US Congress has appropriated more than $65bn for supporting the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).

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