The governments in Washington, D.C., and Kabul made major blunders in Afghanistan over many years, leading to the latter’s collapse in August 2021 ahead of the U.S. military’s withdrawal, according to a new report.
One factor setting the stage for the Afghan regime’s collapse was the U.S.-
Taliban agreement from 2020, in which the Trump administration agreed to a negotiated withdrawal. Another was President Ashraf Ghani ‘s actions regarding the leadership of the country’s Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction’s (SIGAR) report, which was published on Monday.
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Investigators found six short-term factors that sped up the ANDSF’s collapse: the plan to withdraw U.S. troops, the lessening of support for Afghanistan’s military, the Afghan military’s