The United States Central Command says two contractors for the US military in Afghanistan have had their contracting privileges suspended over allegations that they failed to pay Afghan subcontractors.
Coalition forces said in a statement on Wednesday, that the suspension of Bennett-Fouch Associates and K5 Global could last 18 months while the case is being investigated. The companies could be barred from further contracts depending on the results of the investigation.
The statement said several Afghan companies had brought allegations against the two companies, both of which are owned by the same person, identified as an American woman named Sarah Lee. It said that the failure of firms to pay local subcontractors "adversely affects counterinsurgency strategy."