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The Afghan Papers: Corruption In The Halls Of Afghanistan

In today's video I discuss elements from the *Afghan Papers and the Afghan Papers book by Craig Whitlock. I focus on how the Afghan government, the police and army, were completely corrupt and seen as just as bad as the Taliban by the population. This includes, ghost soldiers, police setting up bribery tollbooths, the opium trade, warlords in the government and just general shady behavior. Officials slated their corruption in interviews, all throughout the war. Many of these factors contribute to the overall failure of the Afghan War. I would like to thank Craig Whitlock and his book for making this possible.

*The Afghanistan Papers are a set of interviews relating to the US war in Afghanistan prepared by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) and published by The Washington Post in 2019 following a Freedom of Information Act request

Please feel free to comment if I have missed any links in the show notes.

Click the below pdf, to see the sourced and linked quotes/documents

Corrupt ANA ANP
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