Pakistan: Leaks in the Pipeline

Some U.S. arms are not getting to Afghan rebels

The conflict in Afghanistan is, in a sense, the biggest war in which the U.S. is currently involved--if only indirectly. Congress has secretly allocated $470 million for the current fiscal year for the Central Intelligence Agency to help arm Afghanistan's anti-Soviet resistance fighters. But large amounts of military materiel purchased by the CIA and funneled through Pakistan reportedly are failing to reach the mujahedin guerrillas. Instead, for reasons that range from expediency to personal profit, arms are being appropriated, traded, sold or hidden by groups with access to the shipments. That includes Pakistan's armed forces, Afghan political parties based in Pakistan,...

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