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The Taliban attack America’s largest strategic air base in Afghanistan – as a special report claims those in power misled the American public about the longest war in U.S. history.

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What Happened:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 11: The Taliban attack Bagram airbase.
  • Reports: A suicide driver targeted a medical facility outside the base, using it as a position for a firefight that lasted the better part of a day.
  • Eventually, America called in airstrikes to end the battle.
  • Two weeks earlier, Pres. Trump visited the base for Thanksgiving, announcing the Taliban wanted a peace deal.
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“When I met the Talibs today, I expressed outrage about yesterday’s attack on Bagram, which recklessly killed two and wounded dozens of civilians. #Taliban must show they are willing & able to respond to Afghan desire for peace.”

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, who also "paused" recently restarted peace talks following the attack.
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Why It Matters:

  • This year, more U.S. soldiers have died in Afghanistan (19) than at any point since the U.S officially halted combat operations (2014).
  • During “peace talks,” the Taliban has repeatedly attacked and/or killed U.S. forces & Afghans. The group controls at least half of Afghanistan – more than any other time during the war.
  • What would “success” look like for peace talks? No one knows for sure.
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Meanwhile…

  • The Washington Post (WAPO) gained access to more than 2,000 pages of a previously-private report on the war.
  • A gov’t watchdog interviewed those in powerful positions during Afghanistan war. Project called “Lessons Learned.”
  • WAPO sued for access to interviews on the behalf of the American public.
  • WAPO: Leaders expressed doubt about America’s strategy, priority, investment, while publicly announcing “progress.”
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“It is completely unsurprising that we have been lied to. What is galling is that the same people who have lied to us over the years continue to be propped up as the purveyors of truth and sound policy. This is the National Security Swamp on full display.”

Editor and terrorism analyst Bill Roggio of The Long War Journal, a website that tracks America's war on terror, on the Washington Post's conclusion after gaining access to the records.
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2,300+ Americans have died & more than 20,000 have been injured fighting the war in Afghanistan. What to watch: Pres. Trump has repeatedly mentioned America leaving Afghanistan. With the election cycle picking up, this is a topic to watch.

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