Sunday 26 March 2017

Alistair Dern: America questions its role in wake of tragedy

Alistair Dern in Washington

The decade-long war in Afghanistan has spiralled into a series of US mistakes and violent outbreaks that have left few ardent political supporters.

After the latest tragedy of a US soldier allegedly killing sleeping Afghan villagers, Republicans and Democrats alike pointed to the stress on troops after years of fighting and repeated calls to leave by the end of 2014 as promised, if not sooner.

Afghanistan, once the must-fight war for America, is becoming a public relations disaster for the nation's leaders, especially for Barack Obama.

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