Corruption, mismanagement plagues Afghanistan

Bribery, profiteering, mismanagement, profligacy and corruption are among the systemic problems marring reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, where nearly a third of the $15 billion delivered in aid has been wasted, according to international aid officials. Senior U.S., British and international leaders say the George W. Bush administration's insistence on unregulated and profit-oriented reconstruction is to blame. Despite billions spent on health care, access to safe water and child mortality remains major crises, factors that have impaired NATO's ability to win the support of Afghans against the Taliban -- whose attacks against Afghanistan's government doubled in the past year.

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