The extraordinary increase in war spending forces the US to leave Afghanistan: Cigar

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The United States spent 22.6 trillion on the war, which lasted 20 years from 2001 to 2021, many times more than the Department of Defense estimates. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction Report
The extraordinary increase in war spending forces the US to leave Afghanistan: Cigar


WASHINGTON – The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has revealed that the government is withdrawing troops from Afghanistan due to the huge increase in war spending. The revelation was made by SIGAR in its latest report, which said that according to unofficial estimates, US spending on the 20-year war in Afghanistan exceeded US Department of Defense estimates. Folds were more.

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a US government agency that reports directly to Congress, says the United States has been forced to reconsider its Afghan strategy because of rising costs. The United States spent 22.6 trillion on the war at Brown University in the 20-year war from 2001 to 2021.

The project was sponsored by the university’s leading Watson Institute for International Public Affairs. 59 billion has been spent in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Contrary to the US Department of Defense’s spending report, the Watson report estimates the total cost of the war in Afghanistan to be 433 billion more than the DOD, including 296 billion for disability and medical expenses for veterans. The amount is while 530 billion is the interest cost on the loan to the concerned finance department.

Earlier, the Department of Defense’s War Report stated that its overall contribution to Afghanistan includes post-war and post-war reconstruction, with a total cost of 39 839.8 billion. Relevant dues and reconstruction expenditures paid by USAID and other agencies have reached 49 49.7 billion. More than 1.45 billion was earmarked for the project, of which 1.10 billion was earmarked for the active reconstruction project.

The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Agency (INCLE) said it had allocated a total of  5.5 billion and 570 million in funds as of June 30, 2021, as well as reconstruction on September 30, 2021. About ً 3.59 billion was allocated for the six projects, which have not yet been distributed. The fall of Kabul took place in mid-August this year, disrupting Congress funding of the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund (ASFF), including equipment, supplies, and service training for the Afghan National Defense Forces. , And in addition to funds for salaries, infrastructure reconstruction and maintenance facilities were also included.

Former US President Donald Trump signed the Stable Disposal Act 2021 on December 27, 2020, setting 3.59 billion for the ASFF for the fiscal year 2021. For the ASFF, 1.10 billion was canceled and the actual allocation of 4.2 billion was reduced to 3.1 billion.

In the fiscal year 2020-21, DOD once again set aside 1.46 billion for the ASFF to provide Foreign Compassion and Citizen Assistance (OHDACA) and Transportation Capital Funds (TWC). F) to expel foreigners from Afghanistan. ASFF in 2020 and ASFF in FY 2021 decreased by 2.95 billion and about 1.75 billion, respectively. The total amount for ASFF as of September 30, 2021, was 81.44 billion. 76.39 billion was owed and about 75.72 billion was paid.

According to the US Department of Defense, the total amount due after the increase has reached 193 million, while the total payments have increased by 514.6 million. The SIGAR report also cites a joint statement issued after the Virtual Meeting of Foreign Ministers on September 8, 2021, which stated that sustainable international attention must be paid to Afghanistan’s humanitarian needs and needs. The virtual meeting was attended by the Foreign Ministers of Pakistan, China, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan.

Afghanistan At the meeting, six neighboring countries expressed their views on providing facilities for cross-border shipments to Afghanistan and keeping ports open for access to outside support. The statement added that the process, with humanitarian assistance, would help Afghanistan restore economic, trade, and trade ties with countries in the region. SIGAR documents state that Pakistan had reported that Taliban Since coming to power, Afghanistan’s exports have fallen by 73% and the country’s economic crisis has escalated.

On the other hand, Pakistan saw a 142% increase in the value of Afghan exports between August 16 and September 30, compared to July 1 to August 15. Pakistan and Afghanistan are important trading partners. SIGAR’s report noted that Afghanistan’s total imports in 2019 were 7.33 billion, while its exports were 9.75 trillion. The negative balance was 360 million, which is 30.1% of GDP

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