US ‘looking into’ claims of ex-Afghan president Ghani stealing $169M

US ‘looking into’ claims of ex-Afghan president Ghani stealing $169M

The US government’s inspector general in charge of investigating misuse of aid money in Afghanistan says he’s “looking into” claims that former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his subordinates stole millions of dollars before fleeing.

Ghani is accused of stealing $169 million when he left Afghanistan as the Taliban neared Kabul. His abrupt departure allowed the radical group to take the Afghan capital two weeks before the chaotic final US troop pullout.

“We haven’t proven that yet. We’re looking into that, actually,” the longtime inspector general, John Sopko, said during a House hearing in response to a question from Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY).

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“There are allegations, but not only with President Ghani. There are allegations with senior officials in their finance ministry, their

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