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An End to a Generation-Long Conflict

Alex Smith

Posted on April 18, 2021 03:01

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With President Biden's announcement that U.S troops will be leaving Afghanistan, the curtain slowly closes on the longest U.S conflict in modern history.

After 20 years, over 100,000 lives lost and $978 billion, President Joe Biden announced that the United States will be withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan by September 11 of this year. This monumental decision lands on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that sparked this two-decade-long conflict. Now, should this come to pass, it will put an end to the longest-running U.S conflict in the world; an entire generation has grown up during this conflict.

A lesser-known fact is that this is not the first time the U.S has exerted its influence in Afghanistan. During the Cold War, when Russia invaded Afghanistan, the Mujahideen forces of which Osama Bin Laden was a member were supported by the U.S and several of its allies. This shows that the U.S has been involved in Afghanistan since the 1970s, which makes this withdrawal long overdue.

While the Afghan government and the Taliban welcomed this move, regular Afghan citizens are not so sure. In the capital city of Kabul, citizens were still wary of the Taliban and their repressive regime and expressed concern that they could easily overthrow the fragile Afghan government. They have also complained that the U.S has not fulfilled its promise in ensuring that stability returns to their country before its departure, a void that could spell the beginning of a civil war as various factions fight for power.

This withdrawal is beneficial to the U.S as well. The most obvious benefit is that there will be fewer troops in danger, seeing as the U.S has lost over 2000 soldiers since they engaged in conflict in 2001. Secondly, with the news of the troop withdrawal, it will become difficult for radical Islamist groups to use the occupation as a means of recruiting more fighters to their cause, which will also benefit the Afghan government. Finally, leaving the country will also be viewed positively by U.S citizens as they have grown tired of this two-decade-long conflict, and seeing troops return will likely lift their spirits.

I believe that withdrawing from Afghanistan is the right course of action for the U.S to pursue but would also like to see the Peace Deal brokered with the Taliban come to fruition before this is completed. The departure of troops from Afghanistan should be a prelude for more U.S troop withdrawals from the Middle East.       

Alex Smith

Posted on April 18, 2021 03:01

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