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Opinion

No easy escape from Afghan war for Trump

Russia, China and Iran now backing Taliban and stymieing US peace efforts

| India
The U.S. will find it difficult to pull out of Afghanistan in the face of increased foreign support for the Taliban.   © Reuters

Not for the first time, the U.S. is showing signs of desperation in trying to end its war in Afghanistan, by renewing efforts for a peace deal with the Taliban and -- yet again -- reviewing combat strategy.

Ending the longest war in American history, which marks its 17th anniversary on Oct. 7, appears integral to President Donald Trump's broader plan to roll back America's "imperial overreach" -- the phenomenon of a great power going into decline when it takes on excessive global commitments.

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