02 Oct '17, 3pm

Lessons learned from 15 years in Afghanistan: SIGAR | FDD's Long War Journal

The Congressionally mandated Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) issued a detailed report evaluating the current challenges facing the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and the lessons learned from America’s nearly 15-year campaign in the country. The report argues that security priorities guiding US decisions early in the war effort negatively impacted the current priorities of building ANDSF long-term sustainability capabilities. The report, which is the first of its kind, concludes that the ANDSF is plagued by debilitating attrition, corruption, equipment shortages, incomplete training, a lack of security infrastructure and widespread illiteracy. ANDSF Shortfalls SIGAR’s report shows attrition is a crippling issue faced by many branches of the ANDSF. The Afghan Special Forces is the only branch with low attrition and high r...

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