s America and its allies start to finally pull out of Afghanistan, they leave behind a job unfinished.
The invasion may not have been about “nation-building”. It was primarily designed to be a punitive exercise to wipe out the Taliban after the 9/11 attacks. But all that has been achieved is to leave the country in an even worse state than it was in 2001, with the Taliban poised to make a comeback.
It is an inglorious moment. Afghanistan may have been an unwinnable war, an expensive one ($1 trillion and counting) and one that cost more lives and took more time than most thought possible.
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