Saturday, 13 June 2015

U.S. official warns of Afghan 'ghost soldiers'

U.S. official warns of Afghan 'ghost soldiers' |

In December 2014, months after the Iraqi Army collapsed as it faced the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in Mosul, the new Iraqi government announced it had discovered up to 50,000 "ghost soldiers" on the Iraqi government's payroll. The list was made up of fake personnel added to payrolls by Iraqi officials to corruptly siphon off those salaries.

The same obfuscation is happening in Afghanistan with reported numbers of fighting forces, Sopko warned. Because it is nearly impossible to get off base to audit in Afghanistan now, there's no way to verify what the actual force strength or capability of the Afghanistan National Security Forces.

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