×

Legacy – US in Afghanistan

A US army soldier looks on with binoculars at Coalition forces Forward Operating Base (FOB) Connelly in Khogyani district in the eastern province of Nangarhar. (Photo: WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP / Getty Images)
A US army soldier looks on with binoculars at Coalition forces Forward Operating Base (FOB) Connelly in Khogyani district in the eastern province of Nangarhar. (Photo: WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP / Getty Images)

Is Afghanistan the graveyard of empires? And in this case of the United States? On this page we discuss key topics in a series of interviews with Americans who know Afghanistan up close and personal. We examine the US in Afghanistan then and now and ask what the legacy is for us and for them.

Recently, Afghanistan has seen increasingly bold attacks against U.S. and NATO forces. Afghanistan is a complex territory with a rich tapestry of history, faith, and identity that makes navigating the country nothing short of a geopolitical minefield. Previous attempts to “tame” Afghanistan have failed, and President Trump is now considering America’s own exit strategy. Will America join the roster of failed empires that couldn’t bring Afghanistan to heel?

Men on a hill in Kabul province. The province had the highest number of civilian casualties in 2017 due to suicide and complex attacks in Kabul city. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)

Are Taliban and Mercenaries Delegitimizing the Afghan Gov’t?

Afghanistan's new enemies come in strange forms
Read More
New Afghan commandos at a graduation ceremony in Kabul, May 2017. (Photo: Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Cultural Darwinism of the Afghan War

An Army veteran warns of how America may be losing the war
Read More
U.S. Defense Secretary General Jim Mattis (center) walks with U.S. General John Nicholson (center right) at during an unannounced visit to Kabul on March 13, 2018.  Mattis flew into the war-torn city two weeks after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani unveiled a plan to open peace talks with the Taliban. (Photo: THOMAS WATKINS/AFP/Getty Images)

Can Peace Be Made with Taliban Butchers?

The Taliban are not freedom fighters as some have romanticized them to be.
Read More
Taliban gunmen near Kandahar City, Afghanistan (Photo: Banaras Khan/AFP/Getty Images)

Will America Join the Graveyard of Empires?

A military strategist tells us what it would take to win in Afghanistan
Read More