On the Afghan frontline, US soldiers see longer war ahead

By REUTERS
September 9, 2011 11:26

 
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KUNAR, Afghanistan - US soldiers deployed on the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan say the war isn't going away for another ten years, even after Washington pulls troops from a country locked in a deadly Islamist insurgency.

With failing public support for the war, US President Barack Obama has announced a plan to gradually draw down the 100,000 troops in Afghanistan and hand over all security responsibilities to Afghan forces by the end of 2014.

But ten years after the Sept. 11, 2011 attacks, which brought US forces to Afghanistan, the country still faces a Taliban insurgency that the world's formidable military has been unable to quell.

For Captain Dan Mizak of the 27th Infantry Regiment from Cumberland, Maryland, deployed in Kunar on the violent border with Pakistan, the war in Afghanistan is far from over. "I think one way or another the war is probably going to go on for another ten years," Mizak said.

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