Afghanistan

Military quagmire

Print edition : November 25, 2016

May 25, 2014: President Barack Obama greets U.S. troops during a surprise visit to Bagram airfield near Kabul. Kabul has welcomed the U.S. decision to keep thousands of troops in Afghanistan past 2016, vowing to respond to a resurgent Taliban "with full force". Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, flanked by Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and former President Hamid Karzai, watches the live broadcast of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar at the presidential palace in Kabul on September 29 during the signing of the peace accord with his Hizb-i-Islami. Photo: Rahmat Gul/AP

A video screen shows live broadcast of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar during a signing ceremony with the Afghan government on September 29. Photo: OMAR SOBHANI/REUTERS

With the Barack Obama administration keen on retaining a military presence in Afghanistan in the form of permanent military bases, it will be difficult for the U.S. to extricate itself from the quagmire it finds itself in 15 years after it invaded the country.
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