Billions Spent on Afghan Army Ultimately Benefited Taliban
A U.S. defense official confirmed the Taliban’s sudden accumulation of U.S.-supplied Afghan equipment is enormous.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Built and trained at a two-decade cost of $83 billion, Afghan security forces collapsed so quickly and completely — in some cases without a shot fired — that the ultimate beneficiary of the American investment turned out to be the Taliban. They grabbed not only political power but also U.S.-supplied firepower — guns, ammunition, helicopters and more. The Taliban captured an array of modern military equipment when they overran Afghan forces who…