Afghanistan War: 20 wasted years

In 2001, the United States led an aggressive invasion of Afghanistan to drive out the Taliban from control of the country. This politically motivated escapade owed as much to political gesturing as it did to any military targets. After initial success in limiting the area of operations of the Taliban, the battle for hearts and minds has been won by them and lost by the Americans, not least as a result of come catastrophic mistakes in the attempt to win through military power.

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