US losing ground to militants in Afghanistan

Over 17 years into the longest war in America’s history, the US administration’s own investigators shed new light on Washington’s failures in the invasion of Afghanistan, where, they say, the government has lost about half of the country’s soil to militants and failed to choke off their primary funding source — the narcotics smuggling.

In its quarterly report for the US Congress released late Wednesday, the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said the dire situation in Afghanistan is only deteriorating despite the presence of thousands of American boots on the ground there.

The Pentagon watchdog’s report further said the local Taliban militant — which has been the main target of the US’s so-called war on terror — “now controls more territory than at any time since 2001,” when Washington and its allies first invaded the country.

Only 55.5 percent of Afghan districts remain under the control or influence of the Kabul…

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