Afghan forces struggle, demoralized, rife with corruption

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan government says the army can hold its own after the last American and other NATO soldiers leave the country later this year. But military experts warn of a tough fight ahead for the poorly trained, ill-equipped troops whose loyalties waver between their country and local warlords. Abdullah Mohammadi lost his two legs and an arm below the elbow during a ferocious fight against the Taliban in southern Kandahar province six years ago. Now the government hasn’t paid his veteran’s salary in almost a year. Afghanistan’s national army, meant to be the bulwark against advancing Taliban insurgents, is rife with corruption, demoralized and struggling to hold on to territory. 

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