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30/05/2017

There are now about 8,400 American troops in Afghanistan. Military commanders have asked for reinforcements of up to 5,000 more.

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The Groundhog Day War in Afghanistan

 
American soldiers in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan in April. Credit Noorullah Shirzada/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

It’s hard not to feel a disquieting, even disheartening, sense of déjà vu as the Pentagon presses its request to increase the American forces in Afghanistan. That is where the United States has spent 16 years fighting the longest war in its history at a cost of more than $800 billion and 2,000 American lives. Where there is still no peace, and where everything seems to be going backward. Where the Taliban has regained the initiative, attacking as it pleases and expanding its territorial reach, and where other extremists — Al Qaeda and the Islamic State — also have a foothold.

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