Afghanistan has long been a largely undeveloped country, at least when examined aside nations such as the United States, the United Kingdom, China, or Saudi Arabia, for example. Unfortunately, since Russia kicked off the Soviet-Afghan War with its Afghani neighbors back in 1979, extremist insurgent military groups have been cultivated in Afghanistan and ultimately grown to dangerously large proportions.
The Soviet-Afghan War, which lasted a full decade, occurred during the middle of the Cold War, a long period of poor political relations between the United States and Russia. In an attempt to place Russia at a disadvantage to itself, the United States provided substantial funding to grassroots militant groups in Afghanistan starting in 1979. Ultimately, this funding led to organizations such as Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, both of which have carried out senseless violent attacks against their own Afghani people, as well as in other countries, since then.
The United States declared war against Afghanistan in the early 2000s. Although most of the troops deployed to the war-torn country have been brought back to the United States since then, there are still several thousand military members deployed in Afghanistan in an attempt to prevent the aforementioned Islamic militant organizations from wreaking havoc against innocent Afghani citizens.
In an attempt to help the government of Afghanistan deal with the issues that it has been plagued with over the past 20-plus years, it has regularly sent disbursements of funding to Afghani recipients not associated with any extremist or militant groups.
According to the Secretary of the United States Department of State, Mike Pompeo, the federal government would be immediately canceling the planned transfer of some $160 million to Afghanistan government agencies according to a press conference starring the close, trusted Cabinet member of the Trump administration, which was held today, on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019.
The ultimate reason why Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed to be cutting off such funding to the Middle Eastern country is because its government is in the throes of significant corruption.
Although the $160 million will not be routed to the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, the United States will, in fact, be carrying out a planned project to build infrastructure to transfer energy throughout the nation. In total, a network of five stations for producing, storing, and rerouting electrical power, as well as tons of lines to transmit such energy, will be constructed in the country.