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US Auditors Issue Afghan Report

A U.S. government oversight agency says Afghanistan's reconstruction program has no coherent spending strategy to implement its goals.

A report by the U.S. Congress's Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction released late Thursday says the U.S. has appropriated, but not fully spent, $32 billion for humanitarian aid in the country, while other nations have donated $25 billion.

The report found that reconstruction efforts have been fragmented and lack a central plan to complete U.S. goals. Those goals include rebuilding Afghan infrastructure, re-establishing political institutions, providing services to the Afghan people, and maintaining security necessary for reconstruction projects.

The report also says government officials in Afghanistan want a greater say in building plans.

Congress created the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction under the authority of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008. The measure was signed into law one year ago.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.