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Afghanistan – The Reasons for the Collapse of Afghan Forces (CSIS)

Anthony H. Cordesman

The sudden collapse of the Afghan central government and the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) has occurred with stunning speed. It has clearly been driven by the fact that both President Trump and President Biden not only announced deadlines for the withdrawal of U.S. military support, but they then cut that support to levels where Afghan forces could not survive and where many Afghan politicians and government figures were willing to stand aside or surrender.

The Reasons for the Collapse of Afghan Forces | Center for Strategic and International Studies (csis.org)