"This is the first time SIGAR has been specifically instructed not to release information marked 'unclassified' to the American taxpayer," said SIGAR in a cover letter to the report.
Newsweek: The U.S. is losing badly in Afghanistan
The U.S. and allied local security forces have failed to secure most of Afghanistan, according to a recent investigation that came shortly after the Pentagon refused to release unclassified data on the conflict for the first time ever, the Newsweek said Wednesday (Jan 31).
Despite waging nearly 17 consecutive years of war and spending up to $1 trillion, the U.S.-led attempt to defeat the Taliban has left the insurgents openly active in up to 70 percent of Afghanistan, according to a BBC study published Tuesday. The report also found that a rival ultraconservative Sunni Muslim organization, the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), controlled more territory than ever, further complicating the beleaguered effort to stabilize the country.
Trump rules out talks with Taliban
However, President Donald Trump on Monday (Jan 29) ruled out quick talks with the Taliban, following a wave of bloody large-scale attacks in the Afghan capital Kabul.
"I don -t think we are prepared to talk right now," Trump said, throwing into question Washington -s strategy of pushing the group toward the negotiating table.
"We don -t want to talk with the Taliban," Trump said. "They are killing people left and right, innocent people."
He added: "There may be a time but it -s going to be a long time."
Commenting on Trump's statement, Pakistan reiterated that Islamabad supports all peace initiatives to resolve Afghan problem as there is no military solution to Afghan conflict.
Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said "all sorts of weapons and ammunition were used in Afghanistan during the last 70 years but no substantial achievement was made in achieving peace." "Afghan and other issues can only be addressed through dialogue as military solution has totally failed."
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