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Report condemns US funding of Taliban

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Report condemns US funding of Taliban


The Taliban in Afghanistan are receiving money from the US government because recruitment of private security personnel is not being vetted enough.

A report by America’s Senate Armed Services Committee has revealed that some contractors are funnelling money to Afghan warlords.

The Chair of the committee, Carl Levin, said “failures to adequately vet, train and supervise armed security personnel have been wide spread.”

He added that “posed grave risks to US and coalition troops as well as Afghan civilians.”

The report found some contractors were linked to “murder, kidnapping, bribery and anti-coalition activities.”

Others gave money directly to the Taliban to buy weapons to use against US troops.

It recommended immediate steps be taken to improve the vetting of security personnel.

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