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Happening now all called to block of Pakistan any company from doing business with the United States.
Fat -- a group wants to open a factory in Indiana and now it's plant near Lahore produces fertilizer.
And that fertilizer use to make most of the roadside bombs in Afghanistan.
There are concerns that -- of a group has the blood of US troops on its hands as a consequence.
National security correspondent Jennifer Griffin live -- pentagon for us now so how long has the US military known.
Where the material that builds all these IEVs these roadside bombs was coming from and why hasn't more been done to stop them.
Well John at the short answer is for at least seven years they have known where it was coming from 80% of the fertilizer used.
In these roadside bombs in Afghanistan came from this one fertilizer factory in Pakistan near Lahore.
The bottom a group used a unique formulation involving calcium ammonium nitrate or can't.
That made the fertilizer traceable and highly explosive when the Pentagon tried to reach out to fat -- into Pakistan to change its formula.
To make the fertilizer more inert it was halted that we're told by Pakistan's intelligence service the ISI according to those familiar with the situation.
Here's the head of the military's counter.
I eighty bureau last December.
The producers within Pakistan have been less than cooperative.
Despite making minor packaging tracking and marketing changes.
They have not implemented any effective.
Product security -- stewardship efforts.
I believe Pakistani based can producers can and must do more.
General Barbara has said that he -- seen a change in the -- group since January that they have expressed an interest in trying to work with the US government to make the fertilizer more -- The fat -- a group says in fact it was them that approached.
The US military to make this change.
Again say they say they've been willing to all -- but again for seven years they've been making this product that has been killing and maiming US troops -- But their willingness to work with US authorities that's a fairly recent development in this -- -- can you give us a timeline on the well in essence the change of heart seems to have come in January when the fact my group.
Started looking into.
Getting permissions here in the US to open a factory in Indiana even though this group.
Had the blood of US troops on its hands because.
In essence 80% of those high eighties or roadside bombs came from there materials so again in January is when we started to notice this change.
They were going to take advantage of US taxpayer money.
Four at in the wake of floods in Indiana in order tend to get.
An advantage and build their fertilizer plant out in Indiana in their wake of recent floods.
In this case it seems like the State Department completely failed.
Because not not only was -- was this company -- and able to still ship calcium ammonium nitrate to make bombs across the border.
Into -- Afghanistan.
But but they were almost getting ready to take advantage of but taxpayer subsidized.
Loans to set up shop in Indiana to make more fertilizer.
While they were sending.
Bomb making material across the border from Pakistan to Afghanistan.
The deal has now stalled in Indiana until US officials.
Look into this further we understand that Pakistan right now is holding up visas for US officials to travel to -- to meet with the fact in -- group to see if in fact.
They've made changes to their fertilizer John.
That doesn't sound like a promising development.
All right Jennifer Griffin live at the Pentagon thank you.
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