US suspends military contractors in Afghanistan

The US Central Command says two contractors for the US military in Afghan have had their contracting privileges suspended over allegations they failed to pay Afghan subcontractors.

Updated: Jan 05, 2011, 20:42 PM IST

Kabul: The United States Central Command
says two contractors for the US military in Afghanistan have
had their contracting privileges suspended over allegations
they failed to pay Afghan subcontractors.

Coalition forces said in a statement today that the
suspension of Bennett-Fouch Associates and K5 Global could
last 18 months while the case is being investigated.

The companies could be barred from further contracts
depending on the results of the investigation.

The statement said several Afghan companies had
brought allegations against the two companies, both of which
are owned by the same person, identified as an American woman
named Sarah Lee.

It said that the failure of firms to pay local
subcontractors "adversely affects counterinsurgency strategy."

PTI