$88 Bn Spent on Afghan Forces which Surrendered without a Fight to Taliban

KABUL, Aug 15: The US aid spending watchdog for Afghanistan warned last month that the US military had little or no means of knowing the capability of the Afghan Forces Surrendered (ANDSF) when required to operate independently of the US forces, despite spending $88.3 bn on security-related reconstruction in Afghanistan up to March 2021.

The Taliban have 80,000 troops in comparison with a nominal 300,699 serving the Afghan government, yet the whole country has been effectively overrun in a matter of weeks as Afghan Forces Surrendered without a fight in a matter of hours.

It is a tale of two armies, one poorly equipped but highly motivated ideologically, and the other nominally well-equipped, but dependent on NATO support, poorly led and riddled with corruption, Guardian reported.

(IANS)