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U.S. May Have Bought Fuel from Iran for Afghanistan

U.S. officials did not have a way to make sure fuel purchased for security forces in Afghanistan did not come from Iran, which would violate U.S. sanctions, according to a Washington Post story. The information came from a report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

From The Washington Post story,

“Our report again demonstrates the critical importance that oversight plays in the contracting process,” Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John F. Sopko said in a statement. “It is essential that the Department of Defense continues to implement strict controls over the fuel supply process to ensure taxpayer funds are not used in violation of Iranian sanctions.”

Between 2007 and 2012, the report said, the U.S. government did not have a reliable way of verifying that its Afghan providers were not buying from Iran as they supplied fuel worth nearly $1.1 billion to the Afghan army.

Read more at The Washington Post.

By: Andre Francisco
Online Producer, POGO

andre francisco Andre Francisco is the Online Producer for the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: Contract Oversight

Related Content: Defense, DOD Oversight, Iraq & Afghanistan Reconstruction Contracts, SIGAR

Authors: Andre Francisco

Submitted by Gorgonzola at: January 31, 2013
Mon. Francisco--even a a neophyte in the energy field nows fuel oil and many other types of products from crude oil refining are commodities. Their global and regional pricing and logistics assume a comingling of product, regardless of source. It is is not just these particular products, but probably hundreds or thousands of additional times, the US would have had to have bought and consumed oil products of Iranian origin. Can you add such understanding, even if the point is not made for you in the SIGAR press release? How about some value added from POGO? (I did not read the SIGAR report).

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