Inside Story – Can the US defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan?

The US war against the Taliban in Afghanistan began soon after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Sixteen years on, what progress has been made?

A new report suggests very little.

The security situation is only getting worse by the day.

About 500 Afghan soldiers are being killed every month and the UN says civilian casualties are at a record high.

Much of the Taliban’s funding comes from opium poppies and the illegal drugs trade.

The value of opium has doubled to more than $3bn in one year.

The U.S.has pumped more than 700bn dollars into Afghanistan since the beginning of the war – a report suggests the US
does not even know how the money is being spent.

So what is the White House strategy now?

Presenter: Martine Dennis
Guests: Haroun Mir – Co-founder of Afghanistan’s Centre for Research and Policy Studies.
David Sedney – Former Deputy U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan & Pakistan.
Omar Samad – Former senior adviser to the Chief Executive of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah.

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