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America's duty to Afghan people

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"The war in Afghanistan is now over."

With these simple but heavy words, President Joe Biden drew a line Tuesday under America's longest war. It was a 20-year conflict that stretched across four presidencies, took the lives of 2,400 U.S. service members and at least 71,000 Afghan civilians, and cost our nation more than $2.3 trillion.

The rapid, chaotic fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban, the terrorist group that brutally dominated the country from 1996 until a U.S.-led invasion of 2001, is a tragedy for not only 38 million Afghans but for an international community that tried over two decades to remake the landlocked Central Asian country into a flourishing democracy that respects women's rights and other human rights.

This editorial board has supported Biden's decision to withdraw from Afghanistan, but not the rushed, chaotic manner of that withdrawal, which has resulted in loss of innocent lives, pain and suffering, and raises serious questions about intelligence and planning that merit congressional scrutiny.

Over the past several weeks, some 100,000 Afghan contractors, interpreters, translators and administrative personnel who helped our military, our diplomats, our aid workers, our charities and our........

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