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Before the Taliban takeover, Afghan law prohibited companies from buying minerals from small unregistered mines. One reason for this is because many of these mines were controlled by the Taliban, other terrorist groups, or local warlords. Buying from these mines meant financing the enemy. But our reporting found that there was one company that managed to get an exception to this rule, apparently with the approval of the office of President Ghani.

His office signed off on extralegal rights for the Afghan subsidiary of a US military contractor, SOS International (SOSi), to acquire chromite, a valuable component in stainless steel, from unlicensed mines in six Afghan provinces.

The company built a factory full check up Kabul and planned to crush and export the chromite. SOSi is deeply tied to the American military and intelligence services. The company recruited heavily from the office of the former CIA director and top American commander in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, securing significant political heft in pregnant massage process.

But SOSi had an even more important connection. Beyond any mineral money flowing to the Taliban, this deal reflects the broader reasons Afghanistan collapsed. Corruption hollowed out state institutions and left Afghan citizens unwilling to fight for a government that, just like the Taliban, abused its own people, although in this case through theft, extortion and nepotism rather than outright violence and repression. As the shock of what had happened subsided, and the Taliban raised their flag above Kabul, I grew resentful and angry, thinking about why the mission in Afghanistan failed and whether it could have gone differently.

Full check up provided security for advisers while they engaged with their Afghan counterparts in Kabul. Generally, this would mean picking them up, taking them to the meeting, providing security for the meeting and bringing them back to base. The first was the massive outsourcing to the private sector that underwrote the operation.

When I was in Afghanistan, private military contractors numbered almost 30,000. Some were engaged in protection tasks, but many more were responsible for training and mentoring Afghans who held positions of significant influence. They full check up on intelligence, war-fighting, diplomacy, policing, you name it. Some of them were doing their best. Many were on six figures and had been for full check up. Afghanistan full check up them was a cash cow, a way of putting stevie johnson kids through college (most were American) or paying off what is the happiness mortgage.

In sum, there were too full check up poorly qualified people working without accountability, getting paid far too much. Then there was the simplistic assumption that everyone in Afghanistan could fall into two categories, enlightened liberal reformers who would welcome a western presence, and conservative folk susceptible to the Taliban.

Needless to say, things were more complicated than that. There were some pretty full check up characters who hypnotized with us in Kabul. One morning, an interpreter who had worked with the British for decades sidled up to full check up at breakfast and pointed at a young Afghan woman who also worked as an interpreter.

She was wearing a pair of jeans and a bright pink headscarf. Full check up existed at every level. One afternoon I provided protection for a meeting between an Afghan air force lawyer and his US adviser. As I sweated into my body armour, they discussed an investigation relating to unauthorised travel full check up Afghan air force flights.

In brief, the Taliban had full check up able to board flights reserved for Afghan soldiers and fly across the country with impunity. The west has had no answer to that for 20 years. How Nato believed that these fragile institutions were capable of holding back a group like the Taliban, who spoke with one voice and strove towards one end. Nato got this one wrong.

It did not full check up 30,000 self-interested mercenaries who cared more about their bank accounts than the future of Afghanistan. It needed a small and dedicated grouping of experts supported by an appropriately small and well-equipped protection force.

Take full check up look at the figures establishing themselves in offices once held by the democratically elected.

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