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We are still at war, and the costs remain high for some

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14.09.2021
By Elizabeth Shackelford

When President Joe Biden announced the end of America's 20-year war in Afghanistan, he also vowed that the fight against terrorism would continue, in Afghanistan and across the globe. For Americans, this may be reassuring. For civilians in at least seven countries where we are waging this war, the president's vow is not so much assuring as terrifying.

With America's weaponry and resources today, these wars, fought from a distance, are meant to be precise and low risk. And they may be for Americans. But the potential for mistakes and collateral damage is massive.

The United States has conducted more than 91,000 strikes in 20 years of the war on terror. Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Pakistan, Yemen and Libya have all been part of the conflict zone.

According to a new report by Airwars, a U.K.-based monitoring group, the number of civilians killed directly by U.S. airstrikes in the past 20 years falls somewhere between 22,000 and 48,000. Even the low end of this estimate is disturbing.

For most Americans, this air war is invisible. But we got a glimpse of it on Aug. 29, when a U.S. drone strike in Kabul killed 10 civilians, including seven children. The U.S. military insists it was a "righteous strike" on a car laden with explosives on its way to Kabul's airport. This may be true, but........

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