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US Seeks Public Help to Recover Funds Stolen or Wasted In Afghanistan

KABUL: The Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has sought public help to recover stolen or wasted U.S. funds earmarked for the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

According to SIGAR, approximately $137.86 billion has been appropriated for Afghanistan relief and reconstruction since 2002. These funds are used to build the Afghan National Security Forces, promote good governance, conduct development assistance, and engage in counter-narcotics and anti-corruption efforts.

The US Congress, it says, created the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) to provide independent and objective oversight of Afghanistan reconstruction projects and activities. Under the authority of Section 1229 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 ( P.L. 110-181), SIGAR conducts audits and investigations to: 1) promote efficiency and effectiveness of reconstruction programs and 2) detect and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse.

In its latest appeal, SIGAR issued email address and phone numbers for general public to help recover stolen or wasted U.S. funds earmarked for the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

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