Afghan-war reports seen as faulty | NWADG:
The war has become more expensive, in current dollars, than the Marshall Plan, which helped rebuild Europe after World War II. That investment has created intense pressure for Americans to show that the Taliban are losing and Afghanistan is improving.
But since 2017, the Taliban have held more Afghan territory than at any time since the U.S. invasion. In just one week last month, insurgents killed 200 Afghan police officers and soldiers, overrunning two major Afghan bases and the city of Ghazni.
The Taliban took everything but a few government facilities during their attack last month in the strategic city in southeastern Afghanistan.