Almost a decade after the United States launched what would turn out to be its longest-ever military campaign, talk about the threat of terrorism in Asia has largely receded from international headlines. But before and since September 11, Asian nations have been grappling with their own insurgencies and terrorism challenges. The Diplomat takes a look at 8 of them.
The war in Afghanistan has cost the United States alone more than $1.26 trillion, and is now the longest military operation in the country’s history, exceeding the US combat role in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War combined. But with the United States set to start gradually reducing troop numbers this summer, are Afghan forces ready to take over security duties and repel the Taliban?
The Diplomat’s David Axe, writing last week from Afghanistan, argues that the process of reintegration of militants that was to help smooth the transition has failed, while Afghanistan analyst Juan Cole has posed the question of whether the country can even afford the security commitment necessary to survive. Either way, as Robert Dreyfuss wrote last month, it looks like we could soon be seeing the beginning of the end for US involvement.
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