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Opinion

Opinion: The Afghan Government Will Fall. Good Riddance.

When U.S. troops complete their exit from Afghanistan, they will leave behind one of the world’s most corrupt and ineffective governments and a population still mired in poverty, illiteracy, and disease. Should this matter to Americans? After all, the aim of the 2001 invasion was to bring retribution to al-Qaeda, not to lift Afghanistan out

Foreign Policy

Formal start of final phase of Afghan pullout by US, NATO

The final phase of ending America’s “forever war” in Afghanistan after 20 years formally began Saturday, with the withdrawal of the last U.S. and NATO troops by the end of summer. President Joe Biden had set May 1 as the official start of the withdrawal of the remaining forces — about 2,500-3,500 U.S. troops and

International

Counting the costs of America’s 20-year war in Afghanistan

America’s longest war, the two-decade-long conflict in Afghanistan that started in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, killed tens of thousands of people, dogged four U.S. presidents and ultimately proved unwinnable despite its staggering cost in blood and treasure. This final chapter, with President Joe Biden’s decision to pull all American troops from

Military

US to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11

President Joe Biden will withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America that were coordinated from that country, several U.S. officials said Tuesday. The decision defies a May 1 deadline for full withdrawal under a peace agreement the Trump administration reached with the Taliban last

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