As Biden Considers Pulling Out of Afghanistan, US Taxpayers’ Dollars Go Up in Smoke

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The Biden administration’s hesitance over America’s pull out from Afghanistan is unnerving the Taliban, which is urging the president to stick to the agreement concluded by the militant group and Donald Trump in February 2020. Meanwhile, an American watchdog has raised a red flag over the dollars wasted on Afghan reconstruction projects.

Joe Biden is considering keeping US troops in Afghanistan for another six months, NBC News reported on 18 March citing two people familiar with the matter. The anonymous sources specified that no decision has yet been made. 

In accordance with the US-Taliban peace deal, negotiated by the Trump administration, the Pentagon initially agreed to pull out completely by 1 May 2021. On Friday, the Taliban* warned Washington against defying the deadline for the withdrawal. “It will be a kind of violation of the agreement,” said Suhail Shaheen, a member of the Taliban negotiation team. “Their violation will have a reaction.”

Earlier this month, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) found that of the nearly $7.8 billion in US capital assets in Afghanistan, about $2.4 billion had either been unused, abandoned, not used for their intended purposes, deteriorated, or destroyed since 2008.

The watchdog selected a sample of 60 projects for follow-up inspections. It turned out that “$723.8 million, or 91 percent of the total costs of the 60 assets, went toward assets that were unused or…

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