Exhausted and abandoned: Why Afghanistan's army collapsed

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Afghan National Army soldiers sit inside the Bagram US air base after all US and NATO troops left, some 70 Kms north of Kabul on July 5, 2021

Photo credit: AFP

When the Taliban swept into Kabul last month, capturing Afghanistan's capital without a fight, the sheer speed of the collapse of the Western-backed and trained army stunned the world.

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