Washington is rescinding $160 million directed to Afghanistan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Thursday, citing unacceptable levels of corruption in the Afghan government.
The U.S. will still complete the energy project, which was to account for $100 million of the funding. But it won’t be directing the money through Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s government, which Pompeo said is “incapable of being a partner.”
Pompeo blamed the “Afghan government’s inability to transparently manage U.S. Government resources,” for walking back the funds, but said the U.S. would still build the five power substations and maze of transmission lines in southern Afghanistan.
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