Afghanistan: Key Issues for Congressional Oversight

14 12 2009

URL: http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-09-473SP. Source: GAO.

The United States has provided approximately $38.6 billion in reconstruction assistance to Afghanistan and has over 35,000 troops in the country as of February 2009. Some progress has occurred in areas such as economic growth, infrastructure development, and training of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), but the overall security situation in Afghanistan has not improved after more than 7 years of U.S. and international efforts. In response, the new administration plans to deploy approximately 21,000 additional troops to Afghanistan this year, and has completed a strategic review of U.S. efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan.2 Based on our past work and the significance of U.S. efforts in Afghanistan to the overall U.S. counterinsurgency strategy, we have highlighted Afghanistan as an urgent oversight issue facing this Congress. This report expands on issues discussed on GAO’s transition Web site, http://www.gao.gov/media/video/gao-09-294sp.

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