Afghanistan: Road project a study in cost, corruption

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May 1, 2011
New York Times    
Posted in News, PND News

"When construction crews faced attacks while working on a major US-financed highway here in southeastern Afghanistan, Western contractors turned to a powerful local figure named simply Arafat, who was suspected to have links to Afghanistan’s insurgents. Subcontractors, flush with US money, paid Arafat at least $1 million a year to keep them safe .... The money paid to Arafat bought neither security nor the highway .... Instead, it added to the staggering cost of the road, known as the Gardez-Khost Highway, one of the most expensive and troubled transportation projects in Afghanistan." (05/01/11)  

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