Trump thinks the Soviets invaded Afghanistan because of terrorism. The archives tell a different story.
Seth G. Jones holds the Harold Brown Chair and is director of the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. He was a senior advisor for U.S. special operations forces in Afghanistan and is the author of “In the Graveyard of Empires: America’s War in Afghanistan” (W.W. Norton).
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Seth Jones explains how the Islamic State's rivalry with the Afghan Taliban is keeping the terrorist organization in check.
Editor’s Note: The chaos in Iraq has intensified since U.S. forces withdrew at the end of 2011, leading many to question the wisdom of that decision. Although the clock cannot be rolled back—and some see the strife as proof that the United States is best off getting out of the region altogether—the latest crisis in Iraq has raised questions about how to handle the end of the other major U.S. intervention since 9/11: Afghanistan. Seth G.