The Department of Defense is at a loss to explain how it managed to spend $43 million on building a new gas station in Afghanistan that should have cost only about $500,000, according to a report released Monday by John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction. The Pentagon awarded Central Asian Engineering a $3 million contract to build the compressed natural gas automobile filling station, but Sopko discovered during his investigation that between 2011 and 2014 the contractor had spent nearly $40 million more.

In a letter to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter last month, Sopko said that similar projects in Pakistan had cost only a fraction of the price, while saying that the project was “ill-conceived.”

“One of the most troubling aspects of this project is that the Department of Defense claims that it is unable to provide an explanation for the high cost of the project or to answer any questions concerning its planning, implementation or outcome,” Sopko wrote.

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