According to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, Afghan contractors have threatened to blow up a US compound of Contractors and Officials over their failure to pay a $69 million dollar “bill”. The fees were supposed to be paid by at least 50 American contractors to sub-contractors in the area for various projects but their inability to make payment has caused distain and could potentially lead to violent actions by the locals.
One extremist threatened to light himself on fire on the steps of the U.S. embassy due to the lack of payments in a letter addressed to the State Department and Pentagon. The prime contractors, who are mostly American, are funded by U.S. government agencies and are supposed to foster support and cooperation between the Afghan people and the United States but their failure to pay has been seen as a failure on part of the American Government.
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has indicated that there have been many legitimate sources of alleged death threats, work stoppages, and strikes due to the increasingly harmful situations. An intervention is imminent. The negative impact if these fees are not paid would be substantial decline in the view of American People in Afghanistan as well as violent actions by upset citizens. Unfortunately, the U.S. government does not closely monitor the relationships between contractors and sub-contractors and the Afghan contractors lack the legal support structure necessary to get paid. One thing is certain, if things don’t change soon, it could lead to violent repercussions.