July 25th, 2011
05:30 PM ET

U.S. transportation funds diverted toTaliban, source says

A U.S. military task force has discovered that part of a $2.16 billion transportation contract was diverted through a murky network of subcontractors and into the hands of a group of Afghan power-brokers, criminals and Taliban insurgents, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.

Roughly $600 million of the contract had been spent before authorities were alerted to the scandal, the source said, citing an internal report.

Only part of that money, however, is believed to have been diverted to "nefarious elements," the source added.

A Pentagon official told CNN the full $2.16 billion contract covered the movement and transportation of 70% of the material needed for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

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U.S. plan targets transnational crime organizations
White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan Photo by AFP/Getty Images Jewel Samad
July 25th, 2011
02:40 PM ET

U.S. plan targets transnational crime organizations

The Obama administration announced a new strategy Monday to combat transnational crime organizations, spurred by information indicating the groups have grown and expanded their operations in recent years.
President Barack Obama already took one step Sunday by signing an executive order designed to block assets and property that are under U.S. jurisdiction and belong to organizations the administration considers a threat to U.S. interests.
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July 25th, 2011
08:14 AM ET

Security brief – July 25, 2011

Compiled by Tim Lister

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Breivik manifesto rails against immigration, multi-culturalism, political establishment, draws on Unabomber

Europe's resurgent far-right and its impact

Afghanistan: trucking contracts siphon millions to Taliban

Libya: US struggles to free assets for rebels

Syria: decree allows new political parties; regime plays the sectarian card

US: the debt and defense spending FULL POST

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