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Opinion

nicholas burns

End war, but don’t abandon Afghanistan

The murder last weekend in Afghanistan of the young American diplomat, Anne Smedinghoff, was a tragic reminder of all we have lost in the Afghan war. She died at 25 and, like her many courageous Foreign Service and military colleagues, had volunteered to help the Afghan people survive decades of fighting.

We’ve been in Afghanistan, our longest war, for 11½ years. We invaded in early October 2001, not even a month after the attacks of 9/11, to strike back at Osama bin Laden. We went in for the right reasons but never imagined we would stay this long.

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