WHAT IT IS
- August 21st: President Trump announced his administration would continue the conflict in Afghanistan by sending in an undisclosed amount of American troops.
- The plan does not have a timeline to accomplish primary goal of continued training of Afghan troops to fend off the Taliban advancement.
- The American war in Afghanistan has been going on for 16 years now, after the Bush administration invaded post 9/11.
WHY IT MATTERS
The U.S. has been embroiled in Afghanistan for most of the 21st century. The war has been costly, both financially and militarily. Many Americans see this war as never ending, and it is hard to see an end in sight with further involvement. This plan is not dissimilar from President Trump’s predecessors, so time can only tell how effective it will be.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- President Trump was ambiguous in his speech by refusing to specify the number of troops or the benchmarks of success.
- The United States has already started the troop deployment, according to General John W. Nicholson.
- President Trump has received some flack for changing his mind, after he was defiant that he would withdraw the U.S. from all foreign conflicts.
- President Trump has called on other countries, including the U.K., to get involved.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
- Check out a map of Taliban and ISIS controlled areas in Afghanistan.
- Here is a special report and analysis of the U.S. experience in Afghanistan.
- Here is an infographic on U.S. military spending in Afghanistan.
- Do you believe any plan for Afghanistan will succeed after 16 years of war?