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KABUL, Afghanistan – A U.S. watchdog says Afghanistan will remain dependent on international donors and foreign help even after a peace deal with the Taliban is reached.
The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, monitors billions of dollars in U.S. aid to the country. It issued a new report on Thursday identifying main high-risk areas for Afghanistan.
SIGAR chief John F. Sopko urged policymakers to plan for the "day after," saying a peace agreement won't automatically resolve Afghanistan's many crises.
The report says concerns include widespread insecurity, underdeveloped civil policing capability, endemic corruption, sluggish economy, the Taliban-run narcotics trade and threats to women's rights.
SIGAR says the reintegration of as many as 60,000 heavily armed Taliban fighters and their families back into Afghan society would also be a key concern.