Supervision of the massive U.S. reconstruction effort in Afghanistan would be done remotely, a plan some call risky.
WASHINGTON — As the U.S. military presence dwindles in Afghanistan, officials are finalizing a $200-million plan to use smartphones, GPS-enabled cameras and satellite imagery to monitor relief projects that will continue in areas deemed too remote or unsafe for Americans to visit.
The proposal underscores the rapidly diminishing American footprint in Afghanistan after nearly 12 years of war, and signals that more of the massive U.S. reconstruction effort there — long plagued by waste and weak oversight — will be monitored by Afghans, with U.S. officials forced to supervise from a distance.
Even as troops pull back, Obama administration officials say the United States must continue to finance development projects to bolster the Kabul government, whose budget remains almost entirely dependent on foreign aid. The U.S. Agency for International Development, which has…
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