Afghanistan’s No-Show Soldiers Challenged by a U.S. Watchdog

  • Gaps between payrolls and troops in the field cited by Sopko
  • Special inspector asks Pentagon chief what steps he’s taking

Afghan National Army commandos walk amid ongoing fighting between Taliban militants and Afghan security forces in Kunduz on Oct. 4, 2016.

Some of the $68 billion the U.S. has spent since 2002 to support Afghanistan’s military may have been wasted on “ghost” soldiers and police who exist only on paper, according to a government watchdog who pressed the Pentagon to do more to stop such abuses.

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