Thursday, April 21, 2016

Info on Tap

The US assured reporters, the world and Afghans that once NATO drew down in 2014, Afghan security forces would be more than capable of holding back the Taliban, it is now woefully apparent that is tragically untrue

There are no simple culprits here. The government -- in which President Ashraf Ghani shares power with the man he fought an election against, Abdullah Abdullah -- was hamstrung, many argue, by this communal rivalry from the start. The Afghan economy tanked as soon as NATO support ebbed. NATO's departure meant an unavoidable collapse in security.

5,500 Afghan security forces dead in just 2015, two-thirds of the personnel absences in the security forces are not down to injury, but instead desertion.