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The Taliban Surrendered in 2001

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The Taliban Surrendered in 2001

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Richard W. Behan

At a U.S. Special Forces camp near Kandahar, Afghanistan, on December 5, 2001, the Taliban offered an unconditional surrender. Furthermore, they would disband and disarm: a military force would no longer exist.

George W. Bush ignored the offer and continued attacking the Taliban until the end of his term. If only in self-defense the Taliban fought back, eventually regain ing the battlefield initiative. Barack Obama fought the Taliban for eight years more. Donald Trump did so for the next four.

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