Jason Ditz discusses a recent Taliban suicide attack in Kabul and a report finding that about 40,000 soldiers on the books of the Afghan army don’t really exist. These so-called “ghost soldiers” often abandon their posts, but army officials don’t report it, since it’s in their interest to appear to have as many soldiers as possible. Ditz sees this report as a good sign that the government is trying to clean house before a peace deal with the Taliban. He and Scott lament the fact that so few Americans actually understand which sides America supports in which wars—if they did, they would know that their tax money goes to fund Al-Qaeda fighters in Syria.
Discussed on the show:
- “Afghanistan Loses 42,000 Troops in Crackdown on ‘Ghost Soldiers’” (Military.com)
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