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Report: Safety Systems for Afghan IEDs Inadequate

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The watchdog for spending in Afghanistan is warning commanders that a safety system to protect U.S. troops from roadside bombs is incomplete or inadequate.

John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, sent a safety alert to top generals saying a contractor who was supposed to construct safety systems against the bombs did not complete the work or did it badly in some places.

The $362,000 contract given to an Afghan company was to put grates over culverts so insurgents could not to get into them and plant bombs under highways traveled by troops.

Because a criminal investigation is under way, a spokesman for Sopko declined to name the company or comment on whether the suspected fraud has resulted in any troop deaths.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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