Many a Slip

Many a Slip The con­tin­ued pres­ence of US troops in Afghanistan is up­set­ting the re­gional equa­tion.

Southasia - - CONTENTS - By Si­jal Fawad

The Afghans are ea­ger to take over

their coun­try from US forces.

Span­ning over more than four­teen years, the US war in Afghanistan to help fight mil­i­tary in­sur­gents – mainly the Tal­iban and Al-Qaeda – had been sub­ject to a lot of crit­i­cism, more so by the US pop­u­la­tion it­self than any­one else. The US sol­diers have been a long time away from home and the US tax­payer’s money is be­ing used to fund the con­flict. Th­ese are prime rea­sons that have irked the Amer­i­can pub­lic. As Barack Obama in­her­ited this war from Ge­orge W. Bush, there was a hope, which later turned into a prom­ise, that Obama would even­tu­ally pull out his troops and end the con­flict.

How­ever, as Obama’s two-term

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