(The Washington Free Beacon) -- The U.S. government has given the embattled Afghan National Army (ANA) more than $1 billion in taxpayer-funded ammunition, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction’s (SIGAR) latestoversight report.
This is in addition to $288 million that has been spent on ammunition for the troubled Afghan National Police (ANP), which has been cited by SIGAR for its widespread corruption.
The United States has spent more than $54 billion in total to arm, train, and sustain Afghanistan’s security forces, which continue to underperform and suffer low enlistment rates, according to SIGAR’s quarterly progress reports.
It is unclear just how much ammunition the $1.03 billion translates to and just how much of this ammo has been used.
In addition to the billion-dollar ammo purchase, the United States has spent more than $878 million on weapons for the ANA and another $5.6 billion on military vehicles.
However, a large amount of this money has been wasted on vehicles that either do not work or that have been destroyed beyond repair, according to SIGAR.
The issue of arming Afghan security forces continues to cause controversy, as Afghan security personnel engage in so-called “insider attacks” on the remaining U.S. forces in the country.
A man wearing an ANA uniform murdered three Americans over the weekend, according to NBC News.
The purported ANA soldier “turned his weapon against” U.S. forces, killing two soldiers and a civilian, the International Security Assistance Force was quoted as saying in a statement.
“Insider attacks accounted for one in every five combat deaths suffered by NATO-led forces in Afghanistan and 16 percent of all American combat casualties according to 2012 data,” NBC said in its report.