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A necessary but frustrating delay in the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan

A necessary but frustrating delay in the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan

Almost 15 years after U.S. forces were sent to Afghanistan to dislodge a government that had shielded the architects of 9/11, Afghan forces remain unable to defeat the Taliban movement or put sufficient pressure on it to force a political settlement. Meanwhile, Islamic State and Al Qaeda have established a presence in that country, which has been hard hit in recent months by a string of suicide bombings and terrorist attacks.

Those facts justify President Obama’s decision this week to slow the scheduled departure of noncombat U.S. forces from Afghanistan. But they are also a depressing reminder that the president who had hoped to extricate the U.S....

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