NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg describes security situation as "deeply challenging" with most foreign troops already out of the country where insurgents are pushing forward with their sweeping assault.
Biden administration is set to begin evacuations of thousands of Afghans who aided US military in the nearly 20-year war during the last week of July, according to a senior administration official.
US government watchdog says only $1.2B out of $7.8B spent on buildings and cars in Afghanistan since 2008 has been used as intended and just $343.2 million worth of such assets “were maintained in good condition”.
The National Defense Authorization Act, passed by Congress two weeks ago, explicitly forbids Pentagon from reducing troop numbers in Afghanistan without sending Congress an assessment of risks.
The guards were employed at America's largest base in Afghanistan. The ambush comes as Washington appears set to boost its troop presence in the country in a bid to tackle an escalation in the Taliban insurgency.
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