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Report: Botched US exit triggered collapse of Afghan govt., security forces

Rahmatullah Baghban
Press TV, Kabul

The dramatic collapse of the former Afghan government and its national security forces followed by the Taliban's takeover of the country were direct consequences of decisions made by Washington, according to the latest report by a US government oversight agency.

Months after the Taliban laid siege to Kabul, the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said Washington was mainly to blame for the collapse of the former Afghan government and the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF).

The report by SIGAR reveals that Afghan forces’ morale was destroyed after then-President Donald Trump reached a deal with the Taliban in Doha and his successor President Joe Biden announced and presided over the chaotic withdrawal in August 2021.

Former Afghan generals and experts told the top oversight agency that most American support to Afghan forces was stopped or limited while the Taliban intensified attacks across the country.

The report notes that in essence US and Afghan efforts to form an effective and sustainable security assistance sector was likely to fail from the beginning.

Afghan experts also say that the US never meant to build a nation or state in the country and all western-backed armies were doomed to fail.

The Taliban took over Afghanistan in August 2021 as the US and its allies hastily abandoned the war-ravaged country and the former Western-backed government swiftly collapsed.

The top government officials, including President Ashraf Ghani and his close aides, fled the country as US forces refused help or assistance.

Afghans are angry with the US for pushing Afghanistan into a dire situation. People in the country believe Washington not only betrayed them but also continues to harm them with crippling sanctions and freezing of assets.

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