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The Afghan Army Collapsed In Days. Here Are The Reasons Why

Taliban fighters mobilize to control a crowd during a rally for Afghanistan's independence day in Kabul on Aug. 19. The Taliban seized control of the city this week, effectively capturing the country in a matter of weeks. Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Taliban fighters mobilize to control a crowd during a rally for Afghanistan's independence day in Kabul on Aug. 19. The Taliban seized control of the city this week, effectively capturing the country in a matter of weeks.

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The quick collapse of the Afghan National Army stunned many, including the Pentagon's top military officer, Gen. Mark Milley. He told reporters this week that the U.S. intelligence community estimated that if U.S. forces withdrew, it would be weeks, months, even years before the Afghan military fell to the Taliban.

Instead, it was just 11 days.

So what happened? How could U.S. officials be so wrong?

The answers lie in the chronic challenges that plagued the Afghan military from the outset, from illiteracy to corruption to incompetence to one of the key problems: a lack of faith in the Kabul government.

Carter Malkasian, a longtime Afghanistan observer and author of The American War in Afghanistan,seized on that last point in explaining the fall of the country to the Taliban.

The Taliban fought with an ideological fervor and to rid the country of the foreign invaders, values enshrined in Afghan identity.

"It animated the Taliban. It sapped the will of Afghan soldiers and police. When they clashed, Taliban were more willing to kill and be killed than soldiers and police, at least a good number of them," he said.

We have both embedded many times with U.S. and Afghan forces. Some of what we witnessed, as well as the conversations we had, may help explain the challenges the Afghan army faced.

Lack of leadership

In 2016, we visited the Kandahar military training center. There we met 23-year-old 1st Lt. Hayatullah Frotan. He was just 14 when he joined the army, and he quickly rose through the ranks.

Even back then, he told us the government wouldn't help the families of slain soldiers.

"They don't have any policy, any good plan," Frotan told us, "when they lose some personnel."

If the government provided for the families with death benefits, he said, "the personnel morale will become high. And they will fight like lions."

Then there was lack of leadership. The Afghan National Army struggled to find qualified commanders to lead the soldiers. Over the years, we met Afghan generals praised by the U.S. military, only to find out later the generals were replaced for incompetence or corruption.

Some generals pocketed pay meant for soldiers. Others were supposed to buy the best rice for their troops. Instead they bought the cheapest and lowest quality possible and pocketed the difference. Still others sold government-issued firewood meant to keep the troops warm.

Frotan said the system was marked by cronyism, with not enough loyalty to the troops. The leaders were not only corrupt. Some of them were illiterate.

"They don't know how to write. They don't know how to read," Frotan said. "How to be professional soldiers and leadership is very, very important."

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Afghan National Army 1st Lt. Hayatullah Frotan poses for a photograph in 2016.

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The lack of education led to basic problems with tasks such as maintaining equipment, from rifles to vehicles, to ordering spare parts.

And not knowing how to write meant these leaders couldn't even read the maps properly. NPR was with an Afghan army unit six years ago when it was shooting artillery rounds at the Taliban. It was off by a kilometer because it couldn't figure out the proper grid coordinates.

Not only that, but Frotan says commanders often had trouble filing simple paperwork to give soldiers time off.

"They don't have enough knowledge, so they cannot make a good schedule for their vacation," Frotan said. So with no proper time off, that meant burnout among the troops, which led to high attrition rates.

Years ago, a U.S. general told us that not only couldn't many of the Afghan officers read or write, but they couldn't count. He said the Americans at times would draw a large rectangle in the dirt, telling the officers they needed enough soldiers to fill that space.

A heavy toll

Nearly 60,000 soldiers and police officers have lost their lives fighting since 2001, the majority just in the past six years, according to a report from the Brookings Institution.

The high death rate meant a constant flow of new recruits who needed basic training. Few could advance enough to learn the more complex skills. U.S. military trainers like Maj. Kevin McCormick told us that teaching advanced military skills is a time-consuming process.

"It takes a lot of time. It is not a short process," McCormick said. "These skills are perishable. They require continuous training, continuous mastery."

In our conversations with Afghan soldiers, we also heard other complaints. Commanders deprived troops of SIM cards, so they couldn't call their families. Many soldiers either ended up deserting or not reenlisting.

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U.S. Army trainer Maj. Kevin McCormick talks with Afghan National Army 1st Lt. Hayatullah Frotan during an artillery training exercise in 2016.

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Over the years, there were more basic challenges. In 2010, NPR was at a combat outpost before dawn with U.S. and Afghan troops. The Americans were all geared up, ready to go on patrol. Some of the Afghan forces were half-dressed, smelling of hashish and asking for food.

Two years later, NPR was with another U.S. unit. A sergeant was telling his soldiers what he expected of the Afghan soldiers — the Afghan National Army. "ANA is going to lead too. If they don't want to lead, just stop and make them walk ahead of you," he told his soldiers.

The Afghans could do little without U.S. support. The U.S. soldiers in the field knew the truth. But during this time, from the Defense Department to the White House to Congress, officials had the same thing to say: The Afghan army is getting better every day. They are fighting hard. They are leading.

Many of these problems were outlined in numerous reports by John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction. But these reports never seemed to resonate with members of Congress or prompt oversight hearings, like the Fulbright hearings during the Vietnam War.

When the Taliban started their advancement this year, the Afghan National Army, held together by duct tape and glue, just couldn't hold. Support from U.S. airstrikes against Taliban units dropped off. One soldier told us that the Taliban also gave payments to Afghan soldiers who refused to fight, providing the most money to the officers.

Even high-ranking Afghan military leaders gave up. In an NPR interview, an Afghan Air Force colonel who is now hiding in Kabul said that it was impossible to lead in such dire conditions and that this in turn affected the troops. "The willingness comes from the leadership," he said. "The hope is given to the subordinates from the leadership."

So when the military leaders give up, the unit quickly falls apart — a common occurrence among Afghan army units.

Afghan commandos

But there was another very powerful fighting force: the Afghan commandos. They were highly trained soldiers, some 22,000 of them among the 300,000 Afghan troops, and they were the backbone of Afghanistan's fighting power. Over the years, they were stretched thin, flying all over the country to back up regular Afghan army units that couldn't or wouldn't fight. They often complained about this to NPR reporters. One told us they were meant for special missions, not to handle basic operations that were supposed to be the job of rank-and-file soldiers.

As the Taliban advanced throughout the country during those final weeks, the commandos faced a chilling reality. One commando from the south told us that no one in his unit wanted to surrender. They were there to fight the Taliban. But the Kabul government ordered them to lay down their arms.

"We were no longer safe," the commando said. "We had to take refuge in our friends' houses, and now we are hiding."

Another commando from the Kabul unit shared a similar story. "Yes, everybody hide themselves, and I'm really scared and I have not been outside like three days, four days," he said.

Once all the commando units throughout the country broke down, the Kabul unit was the last one standing. "We didn't fight because the government didn't say you have to fight it," the Kabul commando said. "The Ministry of Defense didn't say you have to fight." It's a political decision, he added — it's not about the willingness to fight.

Now, the Afghan commandos have either left for other countries or are in hiding. They are ineligible for expedited visas and are without jobs, an income or any protection. "Last night I was really crying," the commando said. "And also my wife, my kids were crying about this. And I'm presently — I'm jobless. We don't trust the Taliban."

The commandos tell us they feel betrayed. The Afghan authorities, they say, "are not valuable human beings. This is the misfortune of the Afghan people."

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The 11 best photos of the US military in 2018, according to an award-winning Army photographer

They say a picture is worth a thousands words, so I'll keep this short: These military photos are worth your time.

Army Master Sgt. Michael Sauret, who recently won the Military Visual Award's 2018 Photographer of the Year, told Task & Purpose that the below photos “display the wide range of military moments, from the loud and high impact, to the quiet and subtle.”

“Obviously, military advertising and official DoD web platforms want to show all of the excitement service members have once they join the military. That's what attracts new recruits. But if you serve long enough, you know those moments are very few and far between,” Sauret said. “And yet there is so much richness to explore, document and show the world in the in-between slices of life in the military experience.”

According to the Military Visual Award's website, the contest “highlights the fact that military photojournalists are capable of producing the same quality of work as civilian photojournalists.”

Here are Sauret's favorite photos that placed in the competition.

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“I wrote a whole feature story on The Old Soldier. He's a Korean War veteran. A brutal, brutal war, and despite it all, his Soldiers used to call him 'Smiley Moran' before he took on the nickname 'Old Soldier' in Vietnam. For being a war veteran, he has the gentlest souls. … Photographing older veterans helps us stay humble to remember the souls who served before us.” 

The 11 best photos of the US military in 2018, according to an award-winning Army photographer

“Heather is an incredibly strong woman, and this moment frozen in time — to me — spills beyond the frame because it reminds me of her own personal sacrifices and forsaking her own ambitions for our family. … [T]he power in this image reminds me that I owe all my success to my wife. If it weren't for her, I'd never have accomplished any of this.” 

The 11 best photos of the US military in 2018, according to an award-winning Army photographer

“What makes this image pop is the light, and how this huge aircraft fills the frame, and there's that human side behind the technology. I often say that stories are not about things, they're about people. … This image beautifully connects those two elements in a single frame.” 

The 11 best photos of the US military in 2018, according to an award-winning Army photographer

“I would print this. I would honestly print this and frame it an put it on a wall. There's a beauty to that open sky and just a little bit of dust being kicked up under the Soldier's feet. It makes you wonder about his journey. It feels like a deployment photo, even though it's not. It's very grand and poetic.” 

The 11 best photos of the US military in 2018, according to an award-winning Army photographer

“I can feel that punch slamming into the other boxer's cheek and that burst of sweat shooting out. That lighting is fantastic and the moment is so violent and powerful.” 

The 11 best photos of the US military in 2018, according to an award-winning Army photographer

“I know exactly how this image was made, and yet it feels like trying to decipher a ghost, especially with the see-through remnant of one of the marines hovering in the foreground, and the other two marines frozen by the flash of light below. The layers are stellar. It feels like several moments drawn in at once.” 

The 11 best photos of the US military in 2018, according to an award-winning Army photographer

“You can almost taste that fog or smoke coming in. The mood feels ominous, while this flash of light from the machine gun's muzzle flash burst through. I love that this photographer didn't try to 'fix' the contrast. It would have ruined its authenticity.” 

The 11 best photos of the US military in 2018, according to an award-winning Army photographer

“The light is fantastic, and you know this Marine is about to enact some violence with his fists, yet the quietness of this portrait makes me appreciate this Marine. It makes you thankful to know he's on your side of the fight (beyond the ring)…this moment pauses to appreciate the quiet side before the action.” 

The 11 best photos of the US military in 2018, according to an award-winning Army photographer

“This looks so much fun! Detached from anything, enjoying the free fall. It's one of those images that make you envy someone else's experience of that moment.” 

The 11 best photos of the US military in 2018, according to an award-winning Army photographer

“The composition and the colors of this image pull me in. … It's one of those images that make you wonder about the subject, what he's thinking, what he's experiencing. Does he miss home? Is he trying to solve a problem in his mind? It's such a simple image, and yet the various details, colors and textures keep you in the frame.” 

The 11 best photos of the US military in 2018, according to an award-winning Army photographer

“I just love that orange wall and how the colors pop, and then it brings you in to enjoy this multinational partnership between a U.S. Marine and a Norwegian Soldier. It's a fun, light-hearted image that pierces through what is probably a very serious and important training exercise.” 

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42 of the best photos from around the US military in honor of Armed Forces Day

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  • Happy Armed Forces Day! It's celebrated on the third Saturday in May.
  • Established in 1949 by President Harry S. Truman, Armed Forces Day celebrates and gives thanks to the military for their service.
  • In honor of the holiday, we rounded up 43 of the best pictures taken by military photographers.
  • Visit INSIDER's homepage for more stories. 

On any given day, plenty of military photographers are capturing the grit and glory of American troops in the field — and in war zones — around the world. 

From leaping out of airplanes to detonating obstacles, even their training can be dangerous.

To celebrate Armed Forces Day, here are 43 captivating images of US troops in action, taken by military photographers.

A US Navy Blue Angels flyover at the end of an Independence Day celebration in front of the Lincoln Memorial, July 4, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

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Cadets in face masks pose for a picture after their graduation ceremony at the US Air Force Academy, at Air Force Academy, Colorado.

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New US Army recruits who have been in quarantine for 2 weeks meet their drill sergeants.

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An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned conducts flight operations.

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US Navy Lt. Alex Grammar

US Marines detonate obstacle-breaching Bangalore torpedoes during an exercise at Twentynine Palms, California.

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A US Marine drinks cobra blood during a jungle survival exercise with the Thai Navy.

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US Air Force basic training recruits arrive and practice social distancing at the Pfingston Reception Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

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US Air Force Sarayuth Pinthong

US Navy sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) depart the ship to move to off-ship berthing in Guam.

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New recruits receive a briefing at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California.

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