Afghan War: 101

Inside the Taliban

Clare Lockhart, of The Institute for State Effectiveness, explains the relationship between the Taliban and the Afghan people, and why the religious and political movement remains a force to be reckoned with.

Since Operation Enduring Freedom was launched in 2001, more than 600 United States service members have lost their lives in the country, and more than 1800 have been wounded. The Afghan war has been largely overshadowed since the U.S. invasion Iraq in March 2003.

Amin Tarzi, a former Marine and current director of Middle East Studies at the Marine Corps University, explains the conflict, how the mission has changed and how long before the U.S. mission in Afghanistan will be complete.

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