By Axios staffIn a stunning reversal of U.S. policy in Afghanistan, the United States is expected to send billions of dollars of military aid to help Afghanistan’s embattled security forces fight the insurgency that has ravaged the country since 2009.
The administration is expected on Monday to send a $4 billion assistance package to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s government.
The money, which includes a portion of American troop costs, is expected by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to be split evenly among the Afghan government, the U.K.-based International Security Assistance Force and other regional partners.
Afghanistan is currently struggling to stabilize the country after nearly a decade of war that has left the country plagued by violence, a lack of law and order and corruption.
In recent weeks, the Taliban have claimed responsibility for several attacks on Afghan security forces, as well as attacks on international organizations in the country.
The Pentagon, however, has said that no U.B.P. has claimed responsibility.
U.s. officials have previously indicated that the UB.
A. has been responsible for many of the attacks, but that the group has not been designated as a terrorist organization.
It has also said that it would not target Afghan security services.
A spokesperson for the Uyghur community in Afghanistan said that the new aid package was a signal of confidence from the U,S.
government that Afghanistan would be able to provide the Afghan people with security.
“It shows that the Americans are serious and they are not going to leave Afghanistan without a fight,” said Tariq Ali, spokesman for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
The U.A., the Uighur ethnic group in northern China, also criticized the aid package, saying that the $4bn is inadequate and needs to be increased to help Afghan civilians.
The United States has provided $2.2 billion in assistance to Afghanistan since 2009, but it has also stepped up the pace of spending, giving the country more than $18 billion in aid since 2011.
The Afghan government has said it will receive a full $3.2bn in aid from the United Nations in 2019.
The funding is expected be split equally between the Afghan National Security Forces and the Afghan army, the Afghan parliament and the UAB-backed government in the northwestern province of Paktika.
Uyggar Uygur, a leader of the Afghan Uighurs, has criticized the U.,S.
for not supporting the Afghan security apparatus during the Uayghan conflict, which began in the early 1990s.
“We are waiting for a reply from the Americans,” Uygurs chief of staff said last week.