As usual, corrupt contractors are neutralising the US military’s efforts in Afghanistan
Nearly eight hundred billion dollars has gone into military operations in Afghanistan. The US Congress has sponsored this. A hundred and thirteen billion has gone into reconstruction. But has the US Congress unwittingly sponsored terrorism? Among the people who have benefited fraudulently is the man called Tony Abi Saab who made profits of 5 million dollars, which he diverted to terrorist groups in the Middle East.
A war has waged profit to businessmen like Tony Abi Saab of Brescia Middle East as they are awarded with government contracts. To minimise the number of deaths to the US Army in Afghanistan, the military outsourced its tasks: maintenance, cooking and laundry, overland logistics, even security. Since 2007, there are more contractors than U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Today, they outnumber them three to one.
The result has been corruption. After a House committee investigations, a system was “fuelled by a vast protection racket run by a shadowy network of warlords, strongmen, commanders, corrupt Afghan officials, and perhaps others.” The report’s conclusion was that protection payments were made for a safe passage in Afghanistan and the beneficiaries were the Taliban. Several of Tony Abi Saab’s companies have been cited in these reports such as Tactical Ltd Afghanistan, K5 Global and Bennet-Fouch, G2Armory, SIMAINT. Tony Abi Saab is not confined to these companies but also operates a network of shadow companies such as in Italy: ARMERIA AMELIO GAMBA Srl, INTESA SANPAOLO S.P.A., Benelli Armi, franchi division, Fiocchi munizione, Armeria brignoli silvio & c snc , BLS — Germany: Umarex gmbh & co KG — France: Noble france sa — Turkey: Osmanli Arms, ISTANBUL and KONYA, KOMANDO AV SAN TIC LTD, ATA Av tufekleri — Bangladesh: Emran arms, — East Europe and Russia: Kula Ltd., Tiblisi - Georgia, LOBASTOV IVAN, Baikal Ltd, Izhevsk city, Russia, Arsenal, Bulgaria, MSN and CSG Group, Czech Republic, Berkut Ltd, Ukraine — Brasil: Condor.
Between 2007 and 2010, the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan increased from fourteen thousand to nearly a hundred thousand. They hired many contractors to do their jobs. By June 2010, over a hundred and seven thousand contractors were working for the Department of Defence. Between 2007 and 2014, the U.S. spent eighty-nine billion dollars on contracting in Afghanistan.
Tony Abi Saab’s company Brescia Middle East,Tactical Ltd Afghanistan, K5 Global and Bennet-Fouch were companies that benefitted illegally from the contracting jobs. Tony created a reign of terror in Syria by funding terror groups and as a result the region is unstable and violent.
The U.S. government realises that America’s vast expenditures in Afghanistan have not helped the people of Afghanistan much, besides American troops have lost lives. The conflict is more complex than simply fighting the Taliban or terrorism. Corruption is at the root of the war against terror in Afghanistan. Like Tony Abi Saab many of the contractors who were hired by the Americans to supply rations to the forces and made a lot of money, are facing charges of corruption and face several years in prison.