Leaving Afghanistan will be more expensive than anyone expects

29th Apr, 2021

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Leaving Afghanistan will be more expensive than anyone expects


US President Joe Biden has announced the full withdrawal of US and coalition forces from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 this year. This policy has some in Washington banking on a windfall of freed-up money for other defense priorities. Don’t count on it. Leaving costs more than staying. The Department of Defense is seeking some new and plenty of ongoing investments in counterterrorism infrastructure in the region as a result of the pullout. Salaries and other expenses for roughly 300,000 members of the Afghan National Security Forces will endure.

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