(…) the USA leaves Afghanistan after 20 years of war, there are often little doubt that we lost the war or to place it more gently, didn’t attain our (…) objectives deprived of U.S. support the Afghan army and police have reportedly lost quite twenty-four districts over the course of a (…) month and are now fighting on the outskirts of key cities like Kandahar and Mazar-e-Sharif. Senior U.S. officials have warned of a war , while intelligence reports are said to forecast the autumn of the Afghan government which USA has worked to strengthen for 2 decades within a year (…)
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(…) Why did we lose? I’ve been trying to answer that question for 12 years, starting in 2009 once I was a civilian officer within the far-off district of Garmser in (…) Helmand Province I continued to ponder the question in 2013 and 2014, once I served as political adviser to (…) Gen Joseph Dunford commander of all U.S. forces in Afghanistan and later as Dunford’s senior adviser when he was chairman (…) of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As I traveled the country While various explanations address different parts(…) of the puzzle the one I would like to spotlight here can perhaps be seen most clearly within the conversations I’ve had with the (…) Taliban themselves often in their native Pashto How can the military and police compete (…)
(…) The Taliban had a plus in inspiring Afghans to fight. albeit Islam preaches unity justice and peace the Taliban were ready to tie themselves to religion and to (…) Afghan identity during a way that a government allied with non-Muslim foreign occupiers couldn’t match The (…) very presence of USA citizens in Afghanistan trod on a way of Afghan identity that incorporated national (…) pride an extended history of fighting outsiders and a spiritual commitment to defend the homeland. It dared (…) young men to fight It sapped the desire of Afghan soldiers and police. The Taliban’s ability to link their cause to the very meaning (…) of being Afghan was an important thing about America’s defeat (…)