Fueling the Afghan war

The Nation
by Aram Roston

04/21/10

In Napoleon Bonaparte’s day an army may have marched on its belly, as the French emperor famously quipped, but the modern-day American military campaign in Afghanistan needs not just food but also fuel. Diesel for the MRAPs and Humvees, aviation fuel for the planes and helicopters — that’s the fodder for the military surge under way in Afghanistan. Fuel is precious there — they call it liquid gold — and the effort to keep it flowing has created an array of bizarre monopolies, strange alliances and allegations of corruption entangling the US government. This is the story of two interlinked and secretive offshore companies run by a former Army intelligence officer. The firms run a specialized monopoly of massive proportions...

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