Further cuts in aid to Afghanistan by the United States and other donors could cause the government to collapse and return the country to chaos similar to what it lived through in the 1990s. This, Al Jazeera reports, is the warning delivered by John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, as the US, Russia and other countries strive to revive stalled Afghan peace talks and President Joe Biden faces a May 1 deadline for withdrawing all remaining US troops in the country. If the funding disappears, Sopko said the Afghan government would be hard-pressed to fight on and succeed against the Taliban and other hardliners in the absence of a peace deal and even if a pact is reached, he noted that the World Bank found the country would need a further $5.2bn in civilian aid through 2024 to sustain peace.