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There is no military solution in Afghanistan—so Trump should strike a deal

The Taliban cannot be defeated on the battlefield

By Rupert Stone  

Afghan security forces clear the Kunduz-Takhar highway of mines planted there by the Taliban ©NEWZULU/Najim Rahim/NEWZULU/PA Images

Donald Trump said little about Afghanistan during the 2016 election, but his criticism of military interventionism raised the possibility he would try to extricate the US from a war that has lasted 16 years, cost $750bn dollars, and killed more than 2,300 US soldiers.

Not so. Trump’s advisers have reportedly suggested he send at least 3,000 troops to Afghanistan, where more than 8,000 American soldiers are already deployed. NATO may also…

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