The scenario in Afghanistan stagnated and should even have deteriorated throughout the second half of 2018, regardless of U.S. army leaders and diplomats insisting that progress is being made.

That’s the evaluation not of some worldwide critics of the U.S., however of watchdog workplaces from the Pentagon, State Division and the U.S. Company for Worldwide Growth.


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In its quarterly report of the U.S.-led warfare in opposition to terrorism in Afghanistan, the Pentagon’s unbiased inspector basic stated few beneficial properties have been made between July 1 and Sept. 30, 2018 regardless of the U.S. growing strikes in opposition to the Taliban, increasing coaching for Afghan forces and pressuring Pakistan to behave in opposition to terrorist protected havens.

“In public statements, diplomatic and army leaders emphasised that progress in the direction of the targets of the South Asia technique is being made,” the report acknowledged. “Nevertheless, out there measures of safety in Afghanistan, together with whole safety incidents, inhabitants management, and civilian casualties, confirmed little change.”

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Civilian casualties and casualties amongst Afghan safety forces have been larger than they have been throughout the identical time final yr, the report identified.

Moreover, ISIS-Ok — the Islamic State’s Khorasan Province department, lively in Afghanistan and Pakistan — has continued to mount lethal assaults.

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These findings distinction with assertions by some U.S. officers that President Donald Trump’s Afghan warfare technique — which was introduced greater than a yr in the past — is working.

However, the findings are according to feedback made final weekend by Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Employees, who stated the battle in opposition to the Taliban continues to be in a stalemate.

The Taliban “aren’t dropping” in Afghanistan, Gen. Dunford, the highest U.S. army officer, advised a safety discussion board final week.

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“We used the time period stalemate a yr in the past and, comparatively talking, it has not modified a lot,” he stated.

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On Monday, the Taliban stated {that a} three-day assembly with the U.S. particular envoy to Afghanistan had ended with out an settlement for a peace deal.

Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad declared a deadline of April 2019 to finish the 17-year-long warfare, however Taliban leaders stated they hadn’t accepted any deadline.

A senior member of the Taliban stated Khalilzad’s transfer to declare a deadline confirmed that the U.S. was determined to withdraw troops from the nation.

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The Taliban have strengthened their grip over the previous three years, with the federal government in Kabul controlling simply 56 per cent of Afghanistan, down from 72 per cent in 2015, a U.S. authorities report confirmed this month.

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The Pentagon inspector basic’s report identified that solely 65 per cent of the Afghan inhabitants lived in government-controlled and government-influenced areas, “a determine that has not modified previously yr.”

Certainly, the variety of civilians killed in Afghanistan in 2018 is on observe to rank among the many highest since 2001.

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Over 36 folks have been killed in varied assaults final month as Afghans went to the polls for the nation’s first parliamentary elections in eight years.

ISIS-Ok claimed duty for a suicide assault that left 4 folks useless final week. A couple of days later, Taliban insurgents slaughtered no less than 30 Afghan forces.

In the meantime, the U.S., which has some 14,000 troops in Afghanistan, continues to hunt an exit technique.

— With recordsdata from Reuters

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