US Withholds Aid from Afghanistan: Cites Corruption

US Withholds Aid from Afghanistan: Cites Corruption

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who is currently up for re-election, is facing a serious hiccup with his plans. America has withdrawn a total of $160 million in funding from the Middle East country due to corruption in its government. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently broke the news publicly.

$100 million of this allocated funding was earmarked for an energy project that the US claims will still finish — five power substations will be constructed as planned. However, the money won’t be funneled through the Afghan government.

The remaining $60 million being withheld was for several projects in Afghanistan. Pompeo doesn’t believe that Ghani is responsible, transparent, or accountable enough to properly utilize US funding. America has already spent $800 billion on the country over the course of 18 years, so Pompeo believes it’s time for the Afghan government to stand on its own.

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Mike Pompeo stated that he wants to see Afghanistan’s elections on September 28 conducted fairly. The next president will earn a five-year term to lead the country.

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