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Post mortem of Afghan collapse apportions blame all around

20th May 2022 - 19:28 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


Soldiers of the former Afghan National Army train in counter-IED techniques. (Photo: ISAF)

The fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban last year was spectacular, and a new American report has assigned blame and given reasons for it.

As the world’s attention is preoccupied by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Afghanistan under Taliban rule has been largely overlooked. Afghanistan is in poor shape, with an estimated 55% of its people facing extreme hunger.

In May, a US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) report was issued detailing reasons why the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) collapsed so rapidly before the Taliban.

The document – entitled ‘Collapse of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces: An Assessment of the Factors That Led to Its Demise’ – was damning of US efforts to build the ANDSF.


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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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