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My young friends in Afghanistan

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By Kathy Kelly

When I visited Kabul as a peace activist in 2014, at the height of the U.S. troop surge, I spoke with "Esmatullah," a pseudonym for a high school student I had known for four years. He urged me to tell parents in the United States not to send their sons and daughters to Afghanistan.

"Here it is very dangerous for them," he said. "And they do not really help us."

For many years, the United States claimed that its mission in Afghanistan improved the lives of Afghan women and children. But essentially, the U.S. war improved the livelihoods of those who designed, manufactured, sold and used weaponry to kill Afghans.

My young friend has been deeply troubled by many other incidents in which the United States directly attacked innocent people or trained Afghan units to do so.

Two decades of U.S.........

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