Pentagon watchdog says news from Afghanistan ‘bleak’ and government could face ‘existential crisis’


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A ‘BLEAK’ ASSESSMENT: The quarterly reports of the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction are usually a lagging indicator of what’s happening in the war-torn country, given that they cover a three-month period that ends a month or two before the report is submitted to Congress. But the latest report released this morning includes an updated preface from Special Inspector General John Sopko , who paints a dire picture of the predicament facing the Afghan government in the wake of the U.S. and NATO withdrawal and an accelerated Taliban offensive. “The news coming out of Afghanistan this quarter has been...