Updated: Jun 8, 2020
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced today that the United States was cutting aid to the Afghan Government by $1 billion as it reassessed the level of support needed for the war-torn country. It also intends to conduct a review of all existing projects and deployments currently taking place or being planned. This comes in the wake of the Washington Post's reporting on the Afghanistan Papers and Afghanistan's inability to form a government following elections.
What It Means:
The cut to aid will reduce the Afghan Governments ability to combat the Taliban, poverty, and COVID-19. However, it will force Ashraf Ghani to clamp down on the rampant corruption that has been one of the main complaints of US commanders since the beginning of the war.
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