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Donald Trump's reckless Afghanistan retreat

US withdrawal sets Afghanistan up for another generation of conflict

| South Asia
U.S. Army soldiers arrive home from Afghanistan on Dec.8 in Fort Drum, New York: all U.S.-led coalition forces are due to leave Afghanistan by next May.   © Getty Images

Andrew North is a freelance journalist based in Tbilisi. He has reported widely across the Middle East, South Asia, and Central Asia. He is a regular commentator on Asian affairs.

In rare good news from Afghanistan this month, a freight train from neighboring Iran crossed the border to mark the opening of the first-ever rail link between the two countries.

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