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The end of the Afghanistan War

Michael McLaren

Michael speaks to Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor with The Australian, as the final remaining US troops leave Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, ending America’s 20-year military presence in Afghanistan.

 

The War in Afghanistan started in 2001 with an invasion that led to the United States and its allies toppling the Taliban-ruled Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in order to deny al-Qaeda a safe base of operations in the country.

 

For most of the period, the war was officially fought between allied NATO and Afghan Armed Forces, and opposing Taliban insurgents.

 

The Taliban regained power 19 years and 8 months later after defeating the Afghan Armed Forces following the withdrawal of most NATO forces making it the longest war in United States history, surpassing the Vietnam War by roughly five months.

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