The Afghanistan Papers A Secret History of the War
A Secret History of the War

U.S. officials doubted their own strategy from the start, confidential documents show

Pakistan border, 2009. (Getty Images)
Pakistan border, 2009. (Getty Images)
MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, 2002. (VII/Redux)
MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, 2002. (VII/Redux)
Arlington Cemetery, 2014. (Amanda Voisard for the Post)
Arlington Cemetery, 2014. (Amanda Voisard for the Post)
In the second installment of this six-part series, Presidents Bush and Obama followed polar-opposite strategies to end the war in Afghanistan. Documents The Post obtained after a three-year legal battle show why both were destined to fail.
Diplomats and military commanders acknowledged they struggled to answer simple questions: Who is the enemy? Whom can we count on as allies? How will we know when we have won?

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