There is movement towards peace in Afghanistan—or at least towards an end to the American military ordeal there, which has lasted for almost 18 years. The only losers in the settlement will be the Afghans, who have to live under Taliban rule again. But that was always going to happen in the end.
If the remaining 14,000 U.S. troops and their associated air power leave, it’s game over for President Ashraf Ghani’s ‘puppet’ government (as the Taliban call it). The U.S. implicitly recognizes this reality because it’s only American diplomats, not official Afghan government representatives, who are negotiating with the Taliban in Qatar. Photograph courtesy of Commons Wikimedia
LONDON, U.K.—There is movement towards peace in Afghanistan—or at least towards an end to the American military ordeal there, which has lasted for almost 18 years.
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