The U.S. war in Afghanistan, now in its 19th year, the longest in American history, may be coming to an end.
In fact, Gerald Celente had forecast over a year ago that President Trump would have a peace deal with both Afghanistan and North Korea to help boost his 2020 re-election odds. Indeed, at his State of the Union address earlier this month, Trump said, “We are working to finally end America’s longest war and bring our troops back home!”
Last Saturday began a seven-day “reduction in violence” accord between the U.S. and the Taliban, which is a prelude to an anticipated agreement to be signed 29 February by which the U.S. will withdraw some 3,000 troops by summer. An agreement to withdraw all troops would then be scheduled at a later date if both sides complied with terms.
The Toll of War
The proposed peace plan comes after one of the most violent years since the war began. According to a UN report, over 10,000 civilians were killed or wounded last year. This marked the sixth consecutive year that the ongoing war cost the lives of over 10,000 people.
The Pentagon increased bombing operations in 2019 to a level greater than any other year in over a decade.
The head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) commented, “Almost no civilian in Afghanistan has escaped being personally affected in some way by the ongoing violence.”
TRENDPOST: The ongoing war in Afghanistan has cost U.S. taxpayers over one trillion dollars. Over 2,500 U.S. soldiers have lost their lives, and an additional 20,000 have been seriously injured, many coming home physically and emotionally scarred for life. Tens of thousands of Afghan troops, Taliban fighters, and civilians have also been killed.
Yet, throughout this nearly two decades of mass murderous bloodshed, the American people and the political class have maintained their silence and de facto acceptance of Washington’s criminal illegality, while the mainstream media barely reports on the ongoing tragedy of human suffering.