The Afghan War Just Got Quietly Extended Another Four Years for $20 Billion

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US Troops guarding poppy fields in Afghanistan

What is officially the longest war in US history just became even longer. Now our troops will be “closer to the fight with the Taliban” than ever before, as NATO quietly extended the war in Afghanistan until 2020 at a cost of $5 billion a year.

Via USA Today:

BRUSSELS — The war in Afghanistan — America’s longest conflict — will grind on for at least another four years as NATO allies are prepared to commit $5 billion through 2020 to train, equip and pay Afghan security forces, according to a senior NATO diplomat.

Last week, President Obama granted U.S. troops in Afghanistan expanded authority to attack Taliban insurgents. The new rules allow U.S. forces to advise regular Afghan combat units and to call in airstrikes. There are about 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and Obama has pledged to reduce their number to 5,500 by year’s end.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the new, more aggressive approach put U.S. forces closer to the fight with the Taliban.

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So much for another of Obama’s hollow, broken promises…

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