US military fails to tackle sexual abuse of children by Afghan allies, report finds

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Two-thirds of those interviewed by US government watchdog aware of child sexual assaults by Washington-backed Afghan security forces

The US military showed little interest for years in tackling widespread sexual abuse of children by Afghan security forces it still funds and trains, according to a newly declassified report by a US government watchdog.

The exact scale of the problem remains unclear due to a lack of guidance on how to respond to suspected cases, a lack of training on how to report them, and in some cases reluctance to do so for fear of reprisals, said the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction (Sigar) in the report.

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