Things are going from bad to worse in Afghanistan, according to a report released Friday by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the the largest U.S. oversight organization in Afghanistan.
“[I]n this reporting period (October through December 2015), Afghanistan proved even more dangerous than it was a year ago, the report says.
“The Taliban now controls more territory than at any time since 2001. Vicious and repeated attacks in Kabul this quarter shook confidence in the national-unity government. A year after the Coalition handed responsibility for Afghan security to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), American and British forces were compelled on several occasions to support ANDSF troops in combat against the Taliban.”
And that’s just the beginning of the 230-page report, which also details Afghanistan’s failing economy, rampant corruption, lack of basic institutions, and shrinking population.