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According to a report made public Tuesday, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, says that Joe Biden’s botched Afghanistan troop withdrawal destroyed morale, resulting in a swift Taliban takeover of the country.
“SIGAR found that the single most important factor in the ANDSF’s (Afghan National Defense and Security Forces) collapse in August 2021 was the U.S. decision to withdraw military forces and contractors from Afghanistan through signing the U.S.-Taliban agreement in February 2020 under the Trump administration, followed by President Biden’s withdrawal announcement in April 2021,” the report said.
“Limiting airstrikes after the signing of the U.S.-Taliban agreement the following year left the ANDSF without a key advantage in keeping the Taliban at bay,” John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, said, according to the report.
“Many Afghans thought the U.S.-Taliban agreement was an act of bad faith and a signal that the U.S. was handing over Afghanistan to the enemy as it rushed to exit the country,” Sopko added.
“One more year, or five more years, of U.S. military presence would not have made a difference if the Afghan military cannot or will not hold its own country,” Biden said in August 2021.
Afghanistan’s swift surrender to the Taliban was due to Biden’s withdrawal of American troops, watchdog sayshttps://t.co/Ljn3pYmbDd
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