Watchdog describes litany of US failures in Afghanistan mission

August 18, 2021

Taliban fighters stand guard in front of Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, after the group seized control of the capital [Rahmat Gul/AP Photo]

Special inspector general says US officials failed to ‘implement a coherent strategy’ over 20 years in Afghanistan.

Source: Al Jazeera, 17 Aug 2021 Watchdog describes litany of US failures in Afghanistan mission

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A year after the Taliban took power, humanitarian needs are rising even as foreign aid has dried up.

During the former Islamic Republic, foreign aid grants funded 75 percent of public spending. Since the Taliban takeover in August 2021, the United States has provided $775 million in humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, but the UN says at least $4.4 billion is needed to address the emergency needs of more than 24 million Afghans – 60 percent of the population.

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