Mission impossible

Print edition : November 13, 2015

May 25, 2014: President Barack Obama greets U.S. troops during a visit to Bagram Air Field near Kabul. The 5,000 troops who will remain in the country by the end of 2015 will provide the basis for an extension as and when the U.S. government wishes. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP

The Afghan National Army during an operation against Taliban insurgents in Ghazni on October 14. Photo: Rahmatullah Alizadah/AFP

Barack Obama goes back on his campaign pledge to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Without a decisive defeat of the Taliban, the U.S. has lost its Afghan war.
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