As the deployment in Afghanistan enters its seventeenth year it has become the longest running war in US history. It is therefore worth reminding ourselves why the US is there. The mission has four principal aims.
It can also no longer be assumed that the Taliban are committed to al-Qaeda. They remain distinct organizational entities divided by language
Dr. Azeem Ibrahim
Dr Azeem Ibrahim is Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Policy and Adj Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College.
The article originally appeared in Al Arabiya on December 12, 2018.