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The Truth About the U.S. War in Afghanistan

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Afghan Taliban militants and residents stand on an armored vehicle of the Afghan National Army in Maiwand district of Kandahar province on June 17, 2018. Javed Tanveer/AFP/Getty Images

Former Pakistani Ambassador to Washington Husain Haqqani on how the Taliban won.

Earlier this month, the Washington Post published a trove of official documents that suggest successive U.S. administrations misled the public about the war in Afghanistan. The papers were part of an internal review conducted by the U.S. government. They included candid interviews with officials and generals who helped prosecute the war and came to believe the United States had no chance of winning.

To understand more about how the war went off course, First Person spoke with Husain Haqqani, who served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States from 2008 to 2011. The interview was first aired in February of this year.

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