Afghan security crisis may get worse, warns U.S. intel

May 12, 2017, 7:58 AM EDT
(Source: The U.S. Army/flickr)
(Source: The U.S. Army/flickr)

In a Senate hearing on Thursday, U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats warned that the precarious security and political situation in Afghanistan will “almost certainly” deteriorate through 2018.

The top intelligence official said that a modest scaling up of the security forces in the war-torn state won’t stop the Taliban from making gains, writes Reuters. The grim assessment comes as the U.S. President Donald Trump mulls sending more troops to Afghanistan.

Coats said that mobilization of Taliban network, combat casualties, desertions, poor logistics support and weak leadership are the key factors weakening the performance of the security forces in Afghanistan, notes Deutsche Welle.