Afghan military crumbled under the pressure of Taliban

The Afghan military was built over 20 years. How did it collapse so quickly? – NYT

(The article first appeared in the New York Times on August 14, 2021)


  • Building the Afghan security apparatus was one of the key parts of the Obama administration’s strategy as it sought to find a way to hand over security and leave nearly a decade ago. These efforts produced an army modeled in the image of the US military, an Afghan institution that was supposed to outlast the American war. But it will likely be gone before the United States is. While the future of Afghanistan seems more and more uncertain, one thing is becoming exceedingly clear: The United States’ 20-year endeavor to rebuild Afghanistan’s military into a robust and independent fighting force has failed, and that failure is now playing out in real time as the country slips into Taliban control …

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