War in Afghanistan was a ‘strategic failure’: US general

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A top US general said on Wednesday that the United States “lost” the 20-year war in Afghanistan. “It is clear, it is obvious to all of us, that the war in Afghanistan did not end on the terms we wanted, with the Taliban in power in Kabul,” General Mark Milley, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the House Armed Services Committee. “The war was a strategic failure,” Milley told a committee hearing about the US troop pullout from Afghanistan and the chaotic evacuation from the capital Kabul. “It wasn’t lost in the last 20 days or even 20 months,” Milley said. “There’s a cumulative eff…

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