EDITOR’S HOUR With Dr. Joseph Chalil and Amb. TP Sreenivasan, former India Representative to UN

The cost of the Afghanistan war was humongous for all. For the US, the cost was USD 980 billion, 2400 US lives, and 1144 allied lives. 50000 Afghan civilians and 7000 security forces lost their lives. The US spent USD 143 billion in reconstruction and spent USD 90 billion to maintain the Afghan army. It will soon be clear that these investments have been futile as the land will be devastated again by the Taliban. The terms of settlement like a ceasefire, severing links with Al Qaeda, intra-Afghan peace talks, and others will be things of the past, but the 5000 Taliban forces set free by the US forces would add to the fighting forces of the Taliban.

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