Already in July, the intelligence service expressed doubts that the authorities would be able to maintain control over Kabul, NYT writes.
American intelligence in the summer warned about the possibility of an imminent collapse of the Afghan army, despite statements by U.S. President Joe Biden that this is unlikely. This was reported by The New York Times on Tuesday, citing government sources.
According to them, by July, the forecasts contained in the reports of the special services had become pessimistic: the intelligence service expressed doubts that the authorities would be able to maintain control over Kabul. At the same time, on July 8, Biden said that the transition of Afghanistan under the control of the Taliban is not inevitable.
According to one of the documents of the special services, the Afghan government was not ready for the Taliban offensive in July. The publication does not know whether there were reports in which the level of training of the Afghan army would be rated higher.
At the same time, as one of the interlocutors of the newspaper clarified, the intelligence service did not make accurate forecasts, and these documents did not receive a mark of a high degree of reliability.