U.S. Spends 80 million on a consulate in Afghanistan, then abandons it. What do you think?
site envisioned as the United States’ diplomatic hub in northern
Afghanistan, American officials say they have abandoned their plans,
deeming the location for the proposed compound too dangerous.
Eager to raise an American flag and open a consulate in a
bustling downtown district of the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e
Sharif, officials in 2009 sought waivers to stringent State Department
building rules and overlooked significant security problems at the site,
documents show. The problems included relying on local building
techniques that made the compound vulnerable to a car bombing, according
to an assessment by the U.S. Embassy in Kabul that was obtained by The
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