Sixteen Years In, U.S Deepens Military Involvement in Afghanistan

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Afghan security personnel keep watch at the site of a suicide attack outside a bank near the US embassy in Kabul on August 29, 2017. A suicide bomber blew himself up on a busy shopping street near the US embassy in central Kabul on August 29, killing four people and injuring several others, officials said. It was the latest in a series of deadly attacks to hit the Afghan capital, and comes three months after a massive truck bomb ripped through the same area, killing about 150 people. (Photo: Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump announced a new military strategy for Afghanistan last week, promising to send more U.S. troops to train and support Afghan security forces. The President also demanded that Pakistan "do more" to counter Islamic militant groups in the region or face possible sanctions or reductions in aid. We discuss the 16-year-old Afghan war and what the U.S. hopes to achieve at this stage.

Stephen Biddle, professor of political science and international affairs, George Washington University;adjunct senior fellow for defense policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Andrew Wilder vice president, Asia programs, U.S. Institute of Peace