Leaked Documents Paint Grim Picture of Afghanistan War
July 26, 2010
The 92,000 documents revealed by WikiLeaks air plenty of the military’s dirty laundry, including several reasons why the Taliban in Afghanistan is stronger than ever despite the many years and billions invested by the U.S.
Among other events, the diaries discuss C.I.A. assassinations, Taliban use of heat-seeking missiles, disappearing funds, government cover-ups, and rapes committed against civilian women.
Troops in Afghanistan were often under-funded or not paid at all, and Pakistan’s spy agency is said to have been working with the Taliban. At least 2,000 citizens are estimated to have been killed so far from car bombings alone. The White House has responded to this new information by blaming under-resourcing from the Bush administration, and they are hopeful that Obama’s new “surge” tactic will help to get things under control. There are no leaked documents from 2010.