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Afghan Companies With Insurgent Ties Still Receive U.S. Contracts - By MATTHEW ROSENBERG

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Despite the advent of blacklists and other rules during the Afghanistan war, American investigators have uncovered a case casting doubt on the military's ability to weed out suspicious contractors.According to other documents and a review of internal Pentagon communications obtained by The Times, the United States Central Command, which oversees the war in Afghanistan, requested in 2012 that Zurmat and its subsidiaries, along with more than 40 other companies and individuals believed to have ties to insurgents, be "debarred" by the Army. This would formally ban them from doing work for any part of the United States government."This lapse in security highlights the immediate need for a simple process to ensure that individuals and companies identified as supporters of the insurgency are prevented from accessing U.S.- and coalition-controlled facilities," the inspector general wrote to Mr.

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