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Afghanistan Can’t Last Six Months Without US Help: Ghani

WASHINGTON: President Ashraf Ghani has acknowledged Afghanistan’s absolute dependence on Washington.

He was speaking to a US TV channel.

Ghani claimed that the Afghan government and its army will collapse in six months without US support.

When, the interviewer insisted to provide details on his statement about Afghanistan’s dependency on the US, Ghani said, “Yes. Because we don’t have the money.”

However, the commander of US forces in Afghanistan Gen John Nicholson claimed in the same TV interview that with US’ new strategy, Washington could win its longest war.

The US has been engaged in Afghanistan for the last 16 years.

In response to a question Ghani said: “From the resource perspective, they are absolutely right. We will not be able to support our army for six months without US support, and US capabilities.”

CBS 6 in its report “Kabul under siege while America’s longest war rages on” noted that “in 16 years, the Afghan war has cost 2,400 American lives and $1 trillion. But with the country’s capital under siege, the end still seems far away.”

A report in Express Tribune suggests that the US contributes around 90 percent of Afghanistan’s defence budget.

US observers say that in 16 years, the US and its allies have only made some moderate advances.  Whereas, the claim that the Taliban still control large part of land still needs to be dislodged.

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