Friday, 12 May 2017

Top U.S. Intel Official: Security Situation in Afghanistan Will 'Most Certainly Deteriorate'

Top U.S. Intel Official: Security Situation in Afghanistan Will 'Most Certainly Deteriorate'

Coats testified the performance of Afghan security forces is expected to decline due to a combination of Taliban operations, combat casualties, desertions, poor logistics support, and weak leadership. He said Baghdad will remain reliant on foreign military aid to prevent a government collapse until it strikes a peace agreement with the Taliban.The U.S. military ceded the lead role in combat operations to Afghan security forces in 2014 amid a troop drawdown under former President Barack Obama. Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said the Afghan-led operation against the Taliban has produced "mixed results" over the past two years.

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