The withdrawal of US troops leaves Afghanistan facing a bleak future
As with Cambodia and Vietnam in 1974 and 1975, America's departure will encourage ruthless, ideologically driven insurgents fighting a weak government, writes Sean O'Grady
There is a neat symmetry to the end of American military involvement in Afghanistan on 11 September, 20 years to the day after the 9/11 attacks. That, though, is probably the only neat thing about this move, for the future of the country and the region remains messy indeed.
Endorsed by the UN and Nato at its ince...