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Afghan Anti-Corruption Program is Corrupt, U.S. Officials Say

Afghan Anti-Corruption Program is Corrupt, U.S. Officials Say by J.P. Lawrence - Stars & Stripes

KABUL, Afghanistan -- An anti-corruption program once seen as a beacon of hope in Afghanistan is failing to accomplish much, according to U.S. officials who say the nation’s top prosecutor is corrupt.

The Anti Corruption Justice Center’s efforts have stagnated, while U.S. officials described Afghanistan’s once-lauded attorney general as dishonest, corrupt and deficient, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said in a report released last week.

“The Center was portrayed and emphasized as one of the good things in Afghanistan,” Vanda Felbab-Brown of the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based think tank, said in an interview. “(The report) is pretty devastating for the government, or anyone who wants to argue that there has been important progress and we shouldn’t give up on Afghanistan.”

The attorney general’s office declined comment after multiple requests from Stars and Stripes…

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