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End of longest war deserves recognition


Sunday’s official end of the U.S. military’s combat mission in Afghanistan deserves more recognition than it received. After more than 13 years, the longest war in American history is over. At the war’s peak in 2010, there were about 140,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and 2,224 American soldiers died in the conflict. About 10,800 U.S. personnel will remain in Afghanistan, mostly to advise and train Afghan soldiers. President Obama released a statement saluting all the Americans, “military and civilian, including our dedicated diplomats and development workers, who have served in Afghanistan, many on multiple tours, just as their families have sacrificed at home.” – Phillip Brownlee