July 7, 2016

TSG IntelBrief: Afghanistan’s Endless War

• On June 6, President Obama announced that 8,400 U.S. troops would remain in Afghanistan until the end of his term in 2017

• Much like in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan has steadily resisted surges and drawdowns because the internal drivers of division outweigh the external application of force

• While foreign troops plan to remain in Afghanistan until there is peace and reconciliation, the Taliban has pledged to keep fighting until all foreign troops leave

• Since 2001, there has not been a stable and equitable resolution to any major conflict, leading to widespread tension and instability.