McMaster’s War: U.S. Casualties Rising as Afghan Taliban Control Reaches ‘Record High’


The number of terrorist attacks and the number of provincial districts under the control or influence of jihadist groups in Afghanistan, primarily the Taliban and to a lesser extent the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), have reached unprecedented levels under the Trump administration.

The U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) published these conclusions in a quarterly report to Congress released this week. SIGAR’s assessment is a testament to the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan that U.S. President Donald Trump inherited.

The conditions have taken a turn for the worse after Trump implemented his new Afghan war strategy, a plan spearheaded by White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster with the help of the Pentagon.

Although the United States has invested more than $714 billion in the Afghanistan war since it began raging in October 2001, terrorists, notably the Taliban, now control or contest more territory than during any other time since the United States military removed the Taliban regime in late 2001.

Meanwhile, the U.S.-backed Afghan government steadily loses parts of the country and the population within those areas.

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