Afghanistan: The Afghan Papers, Troop Levels and Lessons Learned


Michael J. Wilson (Editor)

Series: Politics and Economics of the Middle East

BISAC: POL059000

The United States has been in Afghanistan for almost 19 years. It is the longest war in the history of the United States. The mission of U.S. forces in Afghanistan has evolved considerably since 2001, when the United States initiated military action against Al Qaeda and the Taliban government that protected the group in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The United States needs to decide whether to continue America’s longest war and what the mission in Afghanistan is today.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The Afghanistan Papers: Costs and Benefits of America’s Longest War
(Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs)

Chapter 2. The Washington Post’s “Afghanistan Papers” and U.S. Policy: Main Points and Possible Questions for Congress
(Clayton Thomas)

Chapter 3. U.S. Military Drawdown in Afghanistan: Frequently Asked Questions
(Clayton Thomas, Kathleen J. McInnis, Cory R. Gill, Heidi M. Peters and Tyler F. Hacker)

Chapter 4. Department of Defense Contractor and Troop Levels in Afghanistan and Iraq: 2007-2020
(Heidi M. Peters)

Chapter 5. U.S. Lessons Learned in Afghanistan
(Committee on Foreign Affairs)


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