Dahla Dam stalled

A $50-million Canadian irrigation project at the Dahla Dam in Afghanistan is on the brink of failure, according to a Toronto Star investigation. The project, involving Canadian engineering giant SNC Lavalin, is compromised due to conflicts between the management and the local Afghan security forces. The report detailed a Feb. 20 confrontation between Canadian security officials and local mercenaries that resulted in the exodus of Canadian officials and the tightening of control by Watan Risk Management, a local security company with ties to the Karzai family.

Published: Wednesday, 06/16/2010 12:00 am EDT

A $50-million Canadian irrigation project at the Dahla Dam in Afghanistan is on the brink of failure, according to a Toronto Star investigation. The project, involving Canadian engineering giant SNC Lavalin, is compromised due to conflicts between the management and the local Afghan security forces. The report detailed a Feb. 20 confrontation between Canadian security officials and local mercenaries that resulted in the exodus of Canadian officials and the tightening of control by Watan Risk Management, a local security company with ties to the Karzai family.

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