Tuesday, 20 December 2016

New narrative on Afghanistan?

New narrative on Afghanistan
The two invasions have cost the US more than three trillion dollars and the lives of thousands of its own soldiers, besides the killing of hundreds of thousands of civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq, displacing millions others, and inflicting incalculable economic damage upon the two countries. The US invasion of 2003 and its subsequent mismanagement destabilised not only Iraq but the whole of the Middle East as reflected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Syria, and their adverse effects on the regional peace and stability. In the face of the mounting costs of the US military occupation of Iraq in blood and treasure, Washington was left with no choice but to stage an organised military withdrawal from the country leaving it virtually in shambles.

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