Military Capabilities

US efforts in Afghanistan undermined by ‘disincentive to tell the truth’, says SIGAR

20 January 2020

US efforts to reconstruct Afghanistan and bolster the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have been undermined by a "disincentive to tell the truth" about the progress being made in the Central Asian country, John Sopko, the US Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR), said on 15 January.

Speaking before the US House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee about his 'US Lessons Learned in Afghanistan' reports, Sopko said that since he and his team first flew to Afghanistan, they began noticing a "disconnect" between what they saw on the ground and how the US Agency for International Development, the US Department of State, and the US Department of Defense (DoD) were depicting the level of progress being made in the country.

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