What Happens When We Leave Afghanistan

Friday, August 31, 2012

U.S Army Sgt. 1st Class David Banks, from Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, moves through Pana, Afghanistan, during a cordon and search, June 9, 2007. (US Army/Staff Sgt. Michael L. Casteel/U.S. Army)

Seventeen beheadings by the Taliban. Ten Afghan soldiers killed in a pre-dawn assault. Two U.S. soldiers killed by an Afghan army recruit. Five Australian soldiers dead, the most conflict casualties for the country since the Vietnam War.

That was just this week.

Little will be said at either of the national conventions about Afghanistan. But NATO forces have been fighting and dying for 11 years — and plan to leave within the next two.

Is the job done? It depends on what you believe the job to be. But regular Afghans are already feeling the presence of the Taliban. Just ask Abdul Karim, a Red Cross official who told the BBC's David Loyn he was tortured for working with the government.

Guests:

David Loyn

Produced by:

Brad Mielke

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