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An Afghan’s Perspective: Why the US Should Not Withdraw from Afghanistan

This article was written by IWP alumnus Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam and published by the Small Wars Journal

Since the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. and its allies have overthrown the totalitarian regime of the Taliban in Afghanistan and replaced it with a democratic government. Al-Qaida leader, Osama Bin Laden has been killed in Pakistan. Overall, Afghanistan is more prosperous than ever and there has not been a major terrorist attack in the U.S. So, does that mean the mission in Afghanistan is accomplished?

President Trump, during his 2019 State of The Union Address, talked about a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and ending war with the Taliban. But the CIA and other intelligence community organizations have already expressed their concern about a U.S. withdraw from Afghanistan.

The 2019 Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community, released in late January, alerts about the security situation in Afghanistan and the U.S. Congress has expressed opposition to President Trump’s decision for withdrawal of the U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Syria through an amendment to the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act.

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