The Real Costs of the War in Afghanistan

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News Story Source:, By ADAM WUNISCHE
Now in its nineteenth year, the Afghanistan war just won't end. Negotiations between the U.S. and the Taliban are now dead, according to President Donald Trump. The president, who once clamored for an end to the war, has instead overseen an increase in bombing. Last week, citing rampant corruption in the country, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancelled $100 million in aid intended to fund infrastructure projects in Afghanistan, a reminder that the Afghan government stood up by U.S. forces in 2002 still struggles to provide security and stability. The U.S. is staring at the prospect of an even longer presence in Afghanistan—so long that nine former senior U.S. senior envoys to Afghanistan made a case earlier this month that the war actually isn't that costly and that a significant long-term American troop presence, perhaps even for decades, is feasible.

"U.S. fatalities are tragic, but the number of those killed in combat make up less than
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