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The War in Afghanistan: A Visual Anthology

MIN READOct 8, 2017 | 16:51 GMT

A member of the U.S. Army's 405th Civil Affairs Battalion listens to grievances during a weekly Shura to discuss issues of local governance.

A member of the U.S. Army's 405th Civil Affairs Battalion listens to grievances during a weekly Shura to discuss issues of local governance. As the conflict in Afghanistan reaches its 16th year, the U.S. administration has revised its strategy once more. 

(CHRIS HONDROS/Getty Images)

More than a decade and a half since the conflict began, there is no end in sight to the war in Afghanistan. If anything, operations are about to intensify. U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis unveiled the military's new plan to break the stalemate between the Taliban-led insurgency and the Afghan National Security Forces. It's hoped that this new approach, bolstered by regional allies, will stabilize the war-torn country and resolve Washington's longest-running fight. Time will tell whether the "regionalize, realign, reinforce, reconcile and sustain" strategy can achieve what other plans have failed to do, however. In this visual anthology, Stratfor takes a pictorial look back over the conflict, featuring some of the images that have come to define the Afghan theater....

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