“Vikram Singh, a former Pentagon official who now works at the U.S. Institute of Peace, said the war has continued now for nearly 20 years at every American force level.

“The U.S. troops, he said, ‘provide some leverage over the parties in the conflict. But it should be clear now that American troops levels have little to do with ending the war.’

“The Taliban want international support and funds, Singh added…”

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