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Nearly 15 years after its launch, the United States' war in Afghanistan is still raging, making it the longest war in American history.While Mansour's killing may be, as Obama put it, "an important milestone" in the effort to bring peace to Afghanistan, it also exposed America's policy failures under the Obama administration, rooted in the desire not to confront either Pakistan or even the Taliban too strongly.America took almost 15 years to carry out its first drone strike in Pakistan's sprawling Balochistan province, even though the Afghan Taliban leadership established its command-and-control structure there almost immediately after the U.S. military intervention ousted it from Afghanistan. Instead, the U.S. concentrated its drone strikes in Pakistan's Waziristan region, allowing the Taliban leaders to remain ensconced.Obama's decision last October to prolong indefinitely U.S. involvement in Afghanistan means not only that he will leave office without fulfilling his promise to end Bush-era military entanglements, but also that the U.S. will continue to fight the war on the wrong side of the Afghan-Pakistani border.
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