U.S. Suspends More Than $200M In Syrian Humanitarian Aid Contracts Over Fraud Suspicions
Washington Post: Suspecting fraud, U.S. suspends some Syrian aid programs
“While the White House has placed humanitarian aid at the heart of its Syria policy, the government agency charged with disbursing it has frozen more than $200 million in contracts, fearing significant fraud. As fighting deepens nightmarish conditions across northern Syria, the suspensions have affected the delivery of medicines, food, and other life-saving aid to hundreds of thousands of civilians since December. An investigation into the suspected fraud was formally announced in April, but details did not emerge until a congressional hearing this month…” (Loveluck, 7/26).