U.S.-Afghanistan

Escalating the war

Print edition : September 29, 2017

U.S. soldiers keep watch at the site of a Taliban suicide attack in Kandahar on August 2. Photo: JAVED TANVEER/AFP

President Donald Trump addressing the nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia, on August 21. Photo: The New York Times

Making a complete volte-face on Afghanistan, Donald Trump decides not only to continue the war but to deploy more troops for “killing terrorists” by using “overwhelming force”.
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