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ANALYSIS: Why Did The Afghan Army Capitulate So Quickly After 20 Years Of Training?

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Diana Glebova Associate Editor
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The pace at which Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, despite 20 years of American training of the Afghan army, seemed to surprise U.S. officials.

President Joe Biden predicted July 8, 2021, that despite the withdrawal of U.S. troops, the takeover of Taliban was “not inevitable.” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley estimated that if there were to be a collapse, it would happen “months and even years following our departure.”