The blue areas are the only places the U.S. will still be able to oversee taxpayer-funded reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan when 2014 rolls around. Outside those blue areas are more than $1 billion worth of projects run by contractors that will have to be overseen by additional contractors. See how this map has changed from 2009 to 2014.
“They’re doing the research right now, but my personal prediction is it’s going to be like Agent Orange for this era. We just don’t really know what the ramifications are yet.”
-Air Force veteran Stacy Fogarty, who returned from Iraq with asthma and other respiratory problems.
Burn pits are the new Agent Orange of Iraq and Afghanistan. Read more.