The U.S. Special Inspector General For Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) issued a stark report on U.S. progress in Afghanistan, the first report of President Donald Trump’s administration.
The report notes that the Afghan Security Forces only control slightly more than half the country, that pervasive corruption is rife throughout the U.S. backed government, and that drug production is reaching record high levels. The Taliban terrorist movement derives the lion’s share of its income from opium production, which it uses to funds its military offensive against the Afghan government.
|Members of Afghan Security Forces|
SIGAR Inspector General John Sopko highlights that the “two most critical” problems facing the U.S. are “questionable capabilities of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and pervasive corruption.” Worse, the opium production increased by 43 percent in the last year. The surge in production will likely only worsen the global heroin crisis.Read the rest of the story HERE.
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