New US Watchdog Report: Bleak US Results in Afghanistan

A new report paints a bleak picture of U.S. efforts to secure Afghanistan, more than 16 years after the United States invaded the South Asian nation following the September 11 terrorist attacks. U.S. involvement in Afghanistan now amounts to the longest conflict in American history, but the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction or SIGAR says the recent onslaught in U.S. military attacks has failed to increase the Afghan government's control over its population. It said that in October alone, the U.S., with 11,000 troops in Afghanistan, dropped 653 munitions on enemy combatants, a record since 2012 and three times that in October 2016. With heightened warfare, the report said that U.S. casualties are increasing, too, with 11 service personnel killed in the first 11 months last year, twice the number killed in action in the same periods in 2015 and 2016. SIGAR, in its quarterly report Tuesday to Congress and the Defense and State departments, said that despite $8.7 billion in U.S. aid for counter-narcotics efforts, opium production is up 87 percent in the last year in Afghanistan and lands under opium cultivation by 63 percent, both all-time highs. The report warned that U.S. and Afghan officials have adopted unrealistic expectations for the development of untapped mineral resources in the country. Even with nearly a half billion dollars in U.S. aid, the report said that mining revenues only supplied three-tenths of one percent of Afghanistan's $6.5 billion national budget. It said that any future efforts by Afghanistan to extract the minerals should be met by the U.S. with "polite skepticism, caution, risk management and vigilance for unintended consequences." SIGAR says the Afghan mining efforts have been "stymied by insecurity, corruption, weak governance and a lack of infrastructure." Criticism John Sopko, the special inspector general responsible for the report, criticized... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, New US Watchdog Report: Bleak US Results in Afghanistan, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you New US Watchdog Report: Bleak US Results in Afghanistan





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Tuesday, 30 January, 2018



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