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    Pentagon Spent $150Mln on Luxury Villas in Afghanistan - US Senator

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    The US Department of Defense has won a "Waste of the Week" award for spending $150 million on luxury villas in Afghanistan to encourage foreign investment there, Senator Dan Coats said in a press release.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Coats acknowledged that the task force was established in Afghanistan for a valid purpose to encourage foreign investment, but it wasted millions of dollars on private housing for staff, instead of utilizing existing Defense Department bases, he pointed out in the release.

    "Coats, the Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee… highlighted $150 million spent by the Task Force for Business Stability Operations, a Pentagon business advocacy agency, on villas in Afghanistan," the release stated on Thursday.

    According to a report by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the task force spent $150 million on furnished, privately owned villas and hired contractors to provide 24-hour building security, food services and bodyguards for staff and visitors, the release noted.

    The task force reportedly had access to on-site laundry service, food and drink services, private transportation, cultural advisors and housekeeping services, Coats added.

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