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U.S. Military Leaves Afghanistan after 20 Years

The U.S. war in Afghanistan is over. Evacuation flights recently ended, stranding people unable to reach the airport, including many Americans and the Afghan partners who fought with them against the Taliban over many years. U.S. troops had invaded Afghanistan and ousted the Taliban from power 20 years earlier, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. Now, the Taliban has regained control of the country and the U.S. is concerned that terrorist activity could resume. Listen to hear about the final, frantic days of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and learn what the new relationship between America and Afghanistan might look like.


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