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  • Originally posted by Asbjørn View Post
    Back in the day, when I was a WAB member (Amled) there were quite a few members who had knowledge of the Koran
    I'll be happy to combine your new profile with your previous screen name, or reset the password if you've forgotten it.
    Supporting or defending Donald Trump is such an unforgivable moral failing that it calls every bit of your judgement and character into question. Nothing about you should be trusted if you can look at this man and find redeemable value

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    • Thanks Top,
      Over the last couple of years I’ve tried a number of times; using the help function in the registration to get the Web administrator to send me a new password, when the old one was lost when my old computer went to the Happy Hunting Grounds, without luck. So I tried to open a new account, and it worked, but the only thread I was able to access is this one.
      Living in Denmark I have been keenly following the Ukrainian threads, as that is getting a bit too close for comfort.
      So thanks again, if you are able to help out. A new Amled password would be fine as there won’t be much merging to do,
      as this is my only post, and it achieved what I hoped.
      Thanks
      Arne (Amled)
      p.s There are names I remember. But I will miss Ray, had some good discussions with him.

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      • Originally posted by Asbjørn View Post
        maybe someone could tell me where it stipulates that girls aren’t allowed a higher education
        Considering the number of muslim countries that do allow girls a higher education this restriction is solely tribal based.

        The Taliban are more afraid of these girls getting educated than any military they fight

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        • I am a new member - looking to post in the Russia - Ukraine conflict. This is the only thread that I have access to for posting.

          You will notice from the new members list that no new members are able to post. Is this by design? Any way to enable settings to post across different threads?

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          • Originally posted by WarriorGoose View Post
            I am a new member - looking to post in the Russia - Ukraine conflict. This is the only thread that I have access to for posting.

            You will notice from the new members list that no new members are able to post. Is this by design? Any way to enable settings to post across different threads?
            New members do indeed have restrictions placed on them at first. You'll want to introduce yourself here first: https://www.worldaffairsboard.com/fo...members/page53

            If you're unable to post on that thread, please let me know.
            Supporting or defending Donald Trump is such an unforgivable moral failing that it calls every bit of your judgement and character into question. Nothing about you should be trusted if you can look at this man and find redeemable value

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            • Originally posted by TopHatter View Post

              New members do indeed have restrictions placed on them at first. You'll want to introduce yourself here first: https://www.worldaffairsboard.com/fo...members/page53

              If you're unable to post on that thread, please let me know.
              Confirmed that I am not able to post in that thread.

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              • Originally posted by WarriorGoose View Post

                Confirmed that I am not able to post in that thread.
                Try it again.

                astralis I believe I've corrected the issue but can you double-check? Thanks.
                Supporting or defending Donald Trump is such an unforgivable moral failing that it calls every bit of your judgement and character into question. Nothing about you should be trusted if you can look at this man and find redeemable value

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                • Originally posted by TopHatter View Post

                  Try it again.

                  astralis I believe I've corrected the issue but can you double-check? Thanks.
                  I now see a chat box which did not exist before - but upon trying to make a submission, I received the error:

                  You are not authorized to create this post.

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                  • Originally posted by WarriorGoose View Post

                    I now see a chat box which did not exist before - but upon trying to make a submission, I received the error:

                    You are not authorized to create this post.
                    Ok we'll get it figured out
                    Supporting or defending Donald Trump is such an unforgivable moral failing that it calls every bit of your judgement and character into question. Nothing about you should be trusted if you can look at this man and find redeemable value

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                    • Originally posted by WarriorGoose View Post

                      I now see a chat box which did not exist before - but upon trying to make a submission, I received the error:

                      You are not authorized to create this post.
                      Any change?
                      Supporting or defending Donald Trump is such an unforgivable moral failing that it calls every bit of your judgement and character into question. Nothing about you should be trusted if you can look at this man and find redeemable value

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                      • Watchdog: US troop pullout was key factor in Afghan collapse
                        WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog says decisions by Presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden to pull all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan were the key factors in the collapse of that nation's military.

                        The new report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, mirrors assertions made by senior Pentagon and military leaders in the aftermath of the U.S. troop withdrawal that ended last August in the chaotic evacuation of Americans and other civilians from the embattled country. Military leaders have made it clear that their recommendation was to leave about 2,500 U.S. troops in the country, but that plan was not approved.

                        In February 2020, the Trump administration signed an agreement with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, in which the U.S. promised to fully withdraw its troops by May 2021. The Taliban committed to several conditions, including stopping attacks on American and coalition forces. The stated objective was to promote a peace negotiation between the Taliban and the Afghan government, but that diplomatic effort never gained traction before Biden took office in January 2022.

                        Just a few months later, Biden announced he would complete the U.S. military withdrawal. The announcement fueled the Taliban's campaign to retake the country, aided by the Afghans' widespread distrust of their government and entrenched corruption that led to low pay, lack of food and poor living conditions among the Afghan troops.

                        “Many Afghans thought the U.S.-Taliban agreement was an act of bad faith and a signal that the U.S. was handing over Afghanistan to the enemy as it rushed to exit the country,” the interim report said. “Its immediate effect was a dramatic loss in (Afghan troops’) morale.”

                        U.S. officials have said they were surprised by the quick collapse of the military and the government, prompting sharp congressional criticism of the intelligence community for failing to foresee it.

                        At a congressional hearing last week, senators questioned whether there is a need to reform how intelligence agencies assess a foreign military's will to fight. Lawmakers pointed to two key examples: U.S. intelligence believed that the Kabul government would hold on for months against the Taliban, and more recently believed that Ukraine's forces would quickly fall to Russia's invasion. Both were wrong.

                        Military and defense leaders have said that the Afghanistan collapse was built on years of missteps, as the U.S. struggled to find a successful way to train and equip Afghan forces.

                        In a blunt assessment of the war, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress last fall that the result was years in the making.

                        “Outcomes in a war like this, an outcome that is a strategic failure — the enemy is in charge in Kabul, there’s no way else to describe that — that is a cumulative effect of 20 years,” Milley said, adding that lessons need to be learned, including whether the U.S. military made the Afghans overly dependent on American technology in a mistaken effort to make the Afghan army look like the American army.

                        Indeed, in the end, the new report said that the Afghans were still heavily dependent on U.S. air support for strikes and emergency evacuations, and also on U.S. contractors to maintain and repair aircraft and other systems.

                        But all agree that the Doha agreement was a lynchpin in the collapse.

                        “The signing of the Doha agreement had a really pernicious effect on the government of Afghanistan and on its military — psychological more than anything else, but we set a date-certain for when we were going to leave and when they could expect all assistance to end,” Gen. Frank McKenzie told Congress last year.


                        McKenzie, who was then the top U.S. general in the Middle East and has since retired, argued to keep 2,500 U.S. troops there, as did Milley.

                        The Doha agreement, said the SIGAR report, led the Afghan population and its military to feel abandoned. And the Trump administration's decision to limit U.S. airstrikes against the Taliban stopped any progress the Afghans were making, and left them unable and eventually unwilling to hold territory, it said.

                        According to the report, a former U.S. commander in Afghanistan said the U.S. built the Afghan army to rely on contractor support. “Without it, it can’t function. Game over,” the commander told SIGAR. "When the contractors pulled out, it was like we pulled all the sticks out of the Jenga pile and expected it to stay up.”

                        More broadly, the SIGAR report said that both the U.S. and Afghan governments “lacked the political will to dedicate the time and resources necessary to reconstruct an entire security sector in a war-torn and impoverished country.”

                        Neither side, it said, “appeared to have the political commitment to doing what it would take to address the challenges.” As a result, it said, the Afghan military couldn't operate independently and never really became a cohesive force.

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                        • The will to do anything on the part of the US Government to ensure successful Afghan government with robust security forces disappeared into the sands of Iraq.
                          “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
                          Mark Twain

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